Nichols with Brisbane Roar in 2012
|Full name||Mitchell Ian Nichols|
|Date of birth||1 May 1989|
|Place of birth||Southport, Queensland, Australia|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
(on loan from Cerezo Osaka)
|2014–||→ Perth Glory (loan)||0||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:53, 20 April 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
He signed a two year deal on 11 May 2007 with the Roar after impressing in the opening rounds of the Gold Coast Premier League with Palm Beach Sharks, leading the goal scoring charts from midfield after 7 matches. Roar manager Frank Farina stated that Nichols was "one for the future" the official press conference following his signing.
Nichols made a solid start to his career in the A-League with a number of substitute appearances. He also received his first call-up to the Australian Under 20 squad for a training camp on 7 October 2007. He scored his first goal for the Roar in his side's 4-1 victory over Perth Glory midway through the 2008-09 season. In the 2011/2012 season, the midfielder exceeded expectations prseason, scoring 10 goals, mostly from long range. He also made the A-league Team of the Season, alongside teammates Thomas Broich and Besart Berisha.
Before he joined Melbourne Victory he went on trial at Danish club Randers. On Monday 13 May 2013, it was announced by Melbourne Victory that Nichols had signed a two-year deal with the club, reuniting him with his former Roar manager Ange Postecoglou. He became Postecoglou’s first new signing ahead of the 2013/14 Hyundai A-League season.
Japanese J-League Club Cerezo Osaka made multiple bids for Nichols during the January 2014 transfer window, the highest of which reaching $400,000. Melbourne Victory stood firm despite Nichols' interest in the offer, however look set to complete the deal in the hope of acquiring young Australian midfielder, Tom Rogić.
In the end following Nichols' interest in moving and Tom Rogić joining Melbourne Victory, Nichols joined Cerezo Osaka. Nichols made his debut for Cerezo on 11 March 2014, coming off the bench in an AFC Champions League match against Shandong Luneng Taishan, which Cerezo lost 1–3.
Nichols represented the Australia U-20 team during the AFC U-19 Championship in Saudi Arabia. He scored two goals in the Quarter Final match against North Korea including a spectacular overhead kick in extra time. Nichols is currently a member of the Australia U-23 team receiving his first cap in 2010. Nichols made his first senior international debut for the Socceroos on 4 March 2009 in an AFC Asian Cup qualifying match versus Kuwait.
|#||Date||Opponent||Score||Result||Competition||Game time||Match Report|
|1||5 March 2009||Kuwait||0–1||Loss||2011 AFC Asian Cup qualification||70'||Report|
|2||20 July 2013||South Korea||0–0||Draw||2013 EAFF East Asian Cup||65'||Report|
|3||25 July 2013||Japan||2–3||Loss||2013 EAFF East Asian Cup||57'||Report|
|4||28 July 2013||China PR||3–4||Loss||2013 EAFF East Asian Cup||74'||Report|
- As of 11 June 2014
|Cerezo Osaka||2014||J. League Division 1||6||0||0||0||4||0||10||0|
1 - includes A-League final series statistics
2 - includes FIFA Club World Cup statistics; AFC Champions League statistics are included in season commencing after group stages (i.e. ACL and A-League seasons etc.)
With Brisbane Roar:
- A-League Premiership: 2010–2011
- A-League Championship: 2010–2011, 2011–12
- A-League Team of the Season: 2011–12
- "Mitch Nichols headed for Victory". footballaustralia.com.au/. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- Garb, Daniel (23 December 2013). "Melbourne Victory receive bid from J-League club for midfielder Mitch Nichols". Fox Sports.
- "Mitch Nichols subject of fresh bid from J-League's Cerezo Osaka". The Guardian. 6 January 2014.
- "Cerezo Osaka bid again for Victory's Mitch Nichols". The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 January 2014.
- "Mitch Nichols headed for Japan". Football Federation Australia. 20 January 2014.
- Orr, Michael (20 January 2014). "Mitch Nichols leaves Melbourne Victory for Cerezo Osaka". SB Nation.
- Brisbane Roar profile
- FFA - Young Socceroos profile
- Mitch Nichols – FIFA competition record
- Mitch Nichols at National-Football-Teams.com