Collingwood will break with tradition and let Nick Daicos keep the No.35 jumper made famous by his father, Peter.
Peter wore the number for his entire 250-game career and remains one of the club greats with 549 goals, two best and fairests and a key member of the 1990 premiership team.
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Following Peter’s retirement, the number was given to Simon Prestigiacomo, who played 233 games and became a legend for Collingwood after selflessly ruling himself out of the 2010 grand final due to injury.
The club honoured that sacrifice by allowing their top draftee to wear the No.35 in their first year at the club.
Jamie Elliott, Brodie Grundy, Jordan De Goey and Isaac Quaynor are among the names to have worn the number.
When Nick Daicos arrived at the club via pick No.4 in last year’s draft, the tradition continued with the father-son recruit given his dad’s number.
Nick was honoured to wear the number and produced one of the greatest debut seasons in history to not only dominate the Rising Star voting but remarkably be in the mix for the All-Australian team.
During the season he said he hoped to continue his career in the number with debate raging among fans whether the club should allow it or continue the ‘Presti’ tradition.
On Monday, after Daicos won the club’s pre-season time trial wearing a No.5, Collingwood put an end to the conjecture by revealing the young star will remain in the No.35 and the club’s first pick to be allocated a different number.
“The 35, it’s a very special number to me. It means a lot,” Daicos said.
“As a young kid, I grew up wearing the number 35 for my local footy team and I absolutely loved it. It put a smile on my face and I was having the best time know that I was wearing dad’s number.
“Since I’ve arrived at the club I’ve realised how special it is to the Collingwood Football Club. Not only for what Dad did for club, but honouring Presti and his selflessness in pulling out of the 2010 grand final.
“The values and morals that he displayed with that act it just means so much for me to wear the number. It means so much for me to continue the legacy.”
Daicos was reportedly looking fitter and stronger for Monday’s session and he showed the field a clean pair of heels in the time trial.
Fin Macrae and mid-season recruit Josh Carmichael weren’t far behind, and former Hawk and Brownlow medallist Tom Mitchell was next in line.