Nick Holman - ready for 2016
By Ella Watson
Nick Holman a former Carlton Midfielder joins the Central District Football Club for season 2016.
Holman, 20 was picked up by Carlton in the third round of the 2013 AFL Draft.
He played a total of 9 games for the Blues in the AFL between 2014 and 2015, before being delisted at the end of last season.
Whilst at the club Holman also played 26 games for the Carlton Blues in the VFL.
Holman’s first game in the AFL was in Round 22 against Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval in 2014, he received this opportunity as a reward for his strong form in the VFL.
“It was scary, the most I’ve played in front of would be about 10,000 which was at a grand final at my local club.”
Unfortunately for Carlton the results did not work in their favour and the team headed home defeated with a 103-point loss.
“In the VFL I’ve never played in front of a crowd like that, or on TV, there was over 50,000 people there unfortunately the results didn’t go our way.”
Known for his tackling, hard running and strong work around the clearances, Holman will be a great asset to the club.
“I think my tackling and contested stuff around stoppages is strong, I’m not a really quick player so I like to get a little bit more outside ball.”
The left-footer considers himself to be more of a midfielder, but has shown great flexibility on the footy field able to hold position up forward and in the back line.
“I’m more of a midfielder, but the last 2 years I’ve probably been playing in defence more, just because our midfield was reasonably strong.”
“So hopefully I’ll play midfield, but I can swing either forwards or back.”
Playing for Carlton Holman was Guernsey no.20, prior to that he was no.21 for Kyabram and the Murray Bushrangers in the Vic Country association.
“The year I got drafted I played Vic country, I was no.20 before that I wore no.21 in the TAC with the Murray Bushrangers and at my local club too, they are my favourite numbers.”
When he steps out onto the field this season for Centrals Holman will be wearing no.7, a Guernsey worn by five-time premiership Legend Marco Bello, between 1999-2005 and three-time premiership Legend Chad O’Sullivan, between 2006-2012.
Holman is still coming to terms with being delisted and moving to South Australia, but is determined to be optimistic about his future at Centrals and beyond.
“It’s a fresh start, it was sad at the time, probably didn’t hit home until just after Christmas when all the Carlton boys were going back and I was getting Snapchats and Facebook messages from training and I wasn’t there, but I’m looking forward to this year, everything happens for a reason.”
Holman was of course apprehensive about moving to SA, but says when he heard Centrals were interested in him he was excited to experience the SANFL and Centrals crowds.
“I think the main difference will be the supporters and the supporter base, in the VFL depending on when the AFL were playing we wouldn’t get many to a game unless the AFL were playing after us and they could go to both.”
Moving to SA has not been without its struggles for Holman who is in the process of finding a house and part time work.
“I’m still trying to come to terms with everything, trying to find a house and a job, once all that settles I’ll be relaxed and happy.”
Holman was playing full time for Carlton and had just started an electrician’s apprenticeship before being delisted and getting the call from Centrals, unsure what his long term future hold he is happy to be at Centrals for now.
“I don’t know how long I’m going to be here for, the aim is to get picked up by an AFL Club again.”
“Being delisted motivates me to work even harder and get back in the system and prove a few people wrong.”
Even though his future at Centrals beyond 2016 is uncertain Holman will put everything into the success of the team and hopes to help them to a premiership win, although he admits there are a few things he needs to learn first such as the club song.
“I need to learn that.”
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