“Nick wasn’t scared of a bit of hard work – and that was apparent straightaway and made the most of every ounce of his ability, and, despite the injuries that would eventually end his career prematurely, he played nearly 60 first-team games for Liverpool. It didn’t last as long as he would have wanted, but anyone who has had a back injury in any walk of life – let alone top-flight football – will tell you how debilitating that can be. He tried to come back from it but had to concede defeat, but he can be proud of everything he achieved in his career”

Phil Thompson:From A Field To Anfield

“Nick can be hugely proud of his career, though, and of the way he conducted himself. To have gone from non-league to Liverpool in the space of three years was a magnificent achievement in itself – and to show such perseverance to win a regular place in that first team spoke volumes of his character”

Graeme Souness:From A Field To Anfield

From A Field To Anfield:

Kenny Dalglish Foreword

“If you look over Nick’s Liverpool career in the context of the club as a whole, there was probably nothing outstanding about it, but nor was there anything disastrous. He was a good, steady player – an honest and dedicated player, who adapted to a new position on the field and gave everything to stay in the team. The best teams don’t have the eleven best players – you need people to come in and do a job, and complement those around them, and Nick worked hard to ensure he could be that kind of player for Liverpool. If you play in defence, you have to enjoy defending and he played as if he did enjoy that side of the game, even when he wasn’t necessarily in his preferred position. Nick certainly doesn’t have anything to worry about in terms of how he acquitted himself during his time at the club – the fact he spent five years there, and would have been there longer but for injury, proves that.

It cannot have been easy making the move from the third division, and coming from a club and city where he was established and knew everyone, especially arriving into a squad that had been so successful over such a long period of time. Fortunately for everyone, though, it turned out well – and, for £20,000, I don’t think anyone could ever say Nick didn’t provide value for money as a Liverpool player”

Kenny Dalglish April 2017