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Son of a gun joins Seagulls

North Shore recruit Nick Dixon (right) with Dad Bill. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

NORTH Shore has received a much-needed shot of positive news just over a fortnight out from the start of the GFL season with Essendon VFL midfielder Nick Dixon joining the club.

And in further good news for the Seagulls, the 22-year-old, whose Dad Bill is a member of the club’s Hall of Fame is set to pull on the blue and gold in at least the opening two rounds of the season.

“It was something I’ve always wanted to do; whether they were flying or not doing so well, it didn’t bother me at all,” Nick Dixon said of making North Shore his interchange club.

“The fact I think I can come back here and help and make a positive contribution was a major driving force.”

Bill Dixon played 220 games for North Shore during its halcyon years.

He was a member of the 1981 and 1983 premiership sides, won the 1982 best-and-fairest, represented the GFL, and is a member of both the Seagulls’ teams of the century and 1980s.

“I consulted Dad, but he didn’t force me one or the other; he was completely supportive of whichever way I wanted to go,” Nick Dixon, who spent a season at South Barwon in 2015 and has also played VFL with Port Melbourne, said.

“But, Dad playing so many games here and my sister playing netball, was a driving factor.

“It was a pretty easy decision in the end.”

Not surprisingly Bill Dixon is proud of his son’s decision to follow in his footsteps, which will also see Nick wear his Dad’s No.15.

“To come this year with the club where it is, I’m really proud of Nick making a call like that,” he said.

“I think he can contribute in lots of ways to the club, not only with the footy but he brings a lot of intellectual property and experience.

“He’s a hard worker, and he’s going to be a great club man for North Shore, I think.”

However, Bill Dixon does concede it’s bittersweet that Nick is one of only a few sons of Seagulls’ greats plying their trade at Windsor Park.

“The club’s been rich in footy talent, and we probably haven’t seen a lot of that next generation wash through for lots of reasons: people move away, kids go to school in different areas, kids want to play with their mates – as they should,” he said.

“The demographic’s hopefully changing around here where we start to see a lot more families move into the area and football become popular again in the northern suburbs because at the moment, as we know, it’s struggling.”

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