Western Sydney Wanderers midfielder Mitch Nichols is pondering a move to Europe at the end of the season, citing former teammate Scott Jamieson as inspiration for making the leap abroad as an experienced A-League player.
Nichols is in the final year of his deal with the Wanderers but is yet to sit down with the club and discuss his future, despite rival clubs now being free to approach players coming off contract.
While happy at Western Sydney, the ambitious Nichols has not ruled out another move abroad at the end of the season as a free agent after a brief stint in Japan with Gamba Osaka in 2014. Nichols will be 28 before the start of next season but is mulling over following in the footsteps of his former teammate, Jamieson, in being able to move to Europe in the latter stages of his career.
The left back departed the Wanderers for Swedish giants IFK Gothenburg at the start of the season, becoming an immediate first team regular, and if Nichols is to leave he will be hoping to emulate Jamieson.
“As I get older, Europe becomes a little bit harder but someone like Scott Jamieson – he’s gone back over at that age – but I’d definitely like to play in Europe. If that right opportunity comes up…I’ll have to weigh it up…but at the moment I’ve got a contract with the Wanderers and I’m happy here,” Nichols said.
Despite being goalless in the A-League this season, Nichols has been in fine form for the inconsistent Wanderers, creating 26 chances and providing four assists. After hitting the back of the net 10 times last season, ending his barren start to this campaign remains the immediate focus of the former Socceroo.
“I am just happy playing my football at the Wanderers and then I’ll go from there and sit down and have that talk,” Nichols said. “I haven’t made any plans so far and I’m just taking the year as it comes with the AC , it will be a big one.”
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