A top junior talent who is finally over a series of injuries that have hampered his career so far, Nakia Cockatoo is a club favourite who still has plenty left to give at the Geelong Football Club.
Debuting in Round 1 of 2015, the start of Cockatoo’s AFL career was promising as he showed his speed, silky skills and versatility, finishing the year with 11 games.
The following two years saw Cockatoo play a further 21 games, before he was struck down in 2018 with knee injuries. HIs return was setback further with soft-tissue injuries, forcing him to spend almost two years on the side-lines.
In 2020 Cockatoo was able to play his first practice match in a year, much to the excitement of his teammates. He was able to show glimpses of excitement, before he left the Queensland hub early to be with his partner for the birth of their first child.
Ahead of the 2021 season, Cockatoo was traded to the Brisbane Lions as he looks to reset his AFL career after overcoming so many injury setbacks.