Nikas stated that he enjoyed his time with the Mariners and hopes that he can once again be part of the A-League set-up.
?I enjoyed the experience and obviously want to get back to the A-League but I have to be patient.
?I sat down with Arnie,(Graham Arnold who took over from Lawrie McKinna as coach of the Mariners) and we had a good chat and decided the best way forward for me was to get some more playing time so I have been lucky enough to come back to the Sharks.?
Nikas was a stand-out in the NSW Premier League for the Sharks in 2009 so does he feel he has anything to prove?
?Only to myself I suppose as I had a very good season with both Sutherland and at Youth level with the Mariners and after a couple of weeks off I have the hunger back and am happy to be playing again.
?Obviously I want to get back into the A-League and see how far I can go and perhaps in the future I would like to try my hand overseas but I am not looking to do that in the immediate future.
?I do have an agent now and he will look after that side of things as I just want to concentrate on playing football and coming back to the Sharks is better than me just sitting around to see if anything develops.
?I want to regain my sharpness and after coming on as a late substitute against A.P.I.A.-Leichhardt Tigers last week I am looking forward to Sydney United and beyond and if we can emulate what we did last season in the league (Grand Final winners) it will be good for the club and me.
?We have some great players at Sutherland and George Souris (Captain and central defender) has helped me greatly along with the other lads so it has been quite easy to slip back into training with the side as there is a great team spirit at the club.?
One thing to notice about Nikas is the way he has his feet on the ground and takes things as they come which is why he stresses he is concentrating on his football and if he can do that the rest will take care of itself.
The NSW Premier League is lucky to have so many talented youngsters taking the field for the various clubs who have the ability to go on and take their careers to the highest levels which is why this competition is healthy and noted for producing some of the best players in the country.
Long may that continue and, perhaps, in Nikas they have a rising star that will shine far brighter down the years.
-By Micky Brock