On holiday in Israel, Nic Naitanui may of found his favourite Australian Football club in Europe.
Last night in Tel Aviv, the West Coast Eagles star attended a training session run by the Tel Aviv Cheetahs.
Captain of the Cheetahs, Shir Shalev, said the visit from Nic Nat was something the players will not forget for a very long time.
“The boys were obviously very excited about meeting him and having him come to our pitch for the practice,” Shir said.
“I think the first thing you notice about him is how humble he is, and that’s really heartwarming considering his impressive career and achievements.”
“He is a very nice a guy, and it was a great honour for all of us to meet such a legend!”
Selected in the 2012 All-Australian side, Naitanui has currently played 161 games for the Eagles across his ten-year AFL career to date.
As one of the best players in his position across the competition, Shir told AFL Europe the words of wisdom from Naitanui will hold the team in good stead moving forward.
“An encounter like this brings a great boost of energy and motivation for all of us,” Shir said.
“We got about 50 people attending because of Nic Nat’s appearance which is higher than the usual turnover. His visit definitely helped us with spreading the word about the team and attracting new people.”
“Nic Naitanui is such a great role model and not just for athletes, proving that the hard work and humility will take you far in life.”
“And this experience really encouraged us to work and train harder for the years to come.”
As for whether Naitanui is now a Cheetahs supporter?
“We’ve presented him with our team’s guernsey,” Shir said.
“So he is now officially the newest Cheetah in the fold.”
Will Taylor – AFL Europe