Defender, Wing


Cam Nyko

height: 179cm

weight: 76kg

D.O.B: 25-11-2005

Leagues: AFL U18 Championships, Coates Talent League Boys

  • Snapshot
  • Analysis
  • Summary

SNAPSHOT: “Cam Nyko is a combative, hard-working outside runner who often punches above his weight and refuses to be beaten.”

A strong bottom-aged campaign set up Cam Nyko to be a genuine AFL Draft prospect in 2023, and the Eastern Ranges product continued with much of the same form this year.

The 180cm defender/wingman also rolled through the centre bounces at times this year, but thrives in roles where he can utilise his running capacity and speed-endurance mix, as well as that combative spirit.

Nyko’s season ended in Round 17 of the Coates Talent League and he went in for shoulder surgery, not before making nine appearances for averages of 20 disposals, three marks, three tackles, and three rebound 50s.

He also strung together a full National Championships with Vic Metro having been part of the talent hub coming into 2023, and turning out in last year’s Under 17 Futures showcase.


+ Competitiveness
+ Intercept marking
+ Kick penetration
+ Outside run
+ Work rate


- Kick consistency
- Opposite foot

Nyko is somewhat out of the box for what would normally be expected of wingmen or running half-backs, but in many ways also fits the bill perfectly. He offers the very much in vogue speed-endurance mix required to muster repeat rebounding spurts, but is also gutsy enough to win his own ball and rise for intercept marks at 180cm.

It's hardly a surprise, then, that Nyko was also trialled at the centre bounces this year. He hunts the ball, tackles hard, and refuses to be caught himself - often bustling out of an opponent's grasp or using his acceleration to break away. Eastern liked quick forward 50 entries this season, and Nyko's kick penetration lent to that.

Nyko was also tasked with the kick-ins at times and combined with his run-and-carry, he helped launch attacks in 50-100m bursts. Along with his involvement up the field, that kind of play saw him average over two score involvements per game across both the Coates Talent League and National Championships.

While some of his work by foot can be weaponous - like when he launches goals from outside 50 - much of Nyko's room for improvement revolves around his ball use. He gets good length on his kicks, but sometimes rushes and sprays it unpredictably. He can work on being more measured and utilising his non-preferred right side.

As an athlete, Nyko tested well across the board in pre-season and if not for a shoulder injury, would likely have repeated the feat at the National Draft Combine. He missed out on finals and the chance to further prove his worth, but has a good range of footballing and athletic traits which suit the modern game.

DRAFT RANGE: Late/Rookie


Nyko has a lot going for him. He offers many of the traits recruiters are looking for at the moment; athletic across the board, competitive, able to put speed on the ball, and versatile. Polish can be added later, but those kinds of attributes are what the Eastern Ranges prospect will hope are enough to see clubs give him a chance in the second half of the draft, or as a rookie.

Intercept marking
Kicking penetration
Outside game
Work rate
Kicking consistency [reference to execution]
Opposite foot

AFL U18 Championships


Coates Talent League Boys

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