Goal machine aiming for top flight football
When the demise of North Queensland Fury forced Nikas into a third spell at NSW Premier League side Sutherland Sharks, the midfielder realised he would have to break into the A-league all over again.
After initially signing for Sharks in 2009, he played 3 games for Central Coast Mariners before returning to Seymour Shaw Park for a 9 game spell.
In 2010 he signed for Queensland Fury, playing 18 games and scoring just once, when the club disbanded in 2011, Panny found himself back at table topping Sutherland where he currently plays.
Now the man from Kogarah has set his sights on a return to the A-league and plans to use the Sharks success as a springboard for his own career.
Speaking to Football Australia he said: “I wanted to be the top goal scorer and then help my team to the Premiership so I am definitely happy with the way I’ve played so far this season.
Professional football is at such a high standard and you can tell the difference to the semi-professional level.I had some positive feedback about my time at the club and still have a strong desire to get back into the A-League.
“I think that if I return to that professional environment then it would help me to continue to improve myself as a player.”
Nikas’s Coach Robbie Stanton, is fully aware of the potential his young midfielder has: “I think he could come back into the A-League and do a job for a club. He has had a couple of trials and I think his versatility as a player bodes well for him.”