Nakia Cockatoo was selected by the Geelong Cats with their 10th pick in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft. An injury hampered draft year caused doubts over Cockatoo but Geelong’s recruiting team had seen the potential that the exciting half forward possessed.
Cockatoo made his debut in the 2015 round one clash against Hawthorn in front of a packed MCG. A soft tissue injury interrupted the middle of his season but Cockatoo returned to play 11 games in his debut season.
2016-2018 were once again interrupted by a mixture of injuries which restricted Cockatoo to 23 games. In those games Cockatoo showed his ability to hit the scoreboard aswell as apply forward pressure which rewarded him with a contract extension until the end of the 2019 season.
Cockatoo has now kicked 25 goals and laid 104 tackles from his 34 AFL appearances. A strong 2019 pre-season will hold Cockatoo in good stead for what is hopefully an injury free year.