Siblings know how to push just the right buttons, and the Daicos brothers are no different.
The superstar pair might be five years apart in age, but an on-air gaffe during the Sunday Footy Show showed that the elder Josh knows exactly how to rile up his younger brother.
With Nick sitting down with Nina’s Alicia Muling at Collingwood’s headquarters the morning after the thrilling four-point win over Brisbane at the MCG, celebrations could be heard around the AIA Vitality Centre with surely more than a few sore heads in sight.
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Asked about the celebrations, the younger Daicos insisted he was better behaved on the night out after the flag.
“Probably me, to be honest, I was in bed nice and early, within reason. It was nice to celebrate last night, a lot of hard work’s gone into it.”
The Daicos family is iconic at Collingwood not just for the two All-Australian sons, but for club legend and father Peter who won two best and fairests on top of the 1990 Premiership at the club.
Before he could mention the family’s role in celebrations, Nick’s appearance was interrupted by a bleary-eyed Josh, with the 2023 Premiership Cup in hand.
“Are you able to get this photo,” an oblivious Josh asked.
Clearly irritated in the moment at his older brother’s interruption, Nick blurted out: “Bro, f**king … I’m on air!”
“Now?”, Josh asked.
“Yeah, what do you think?” came the incredulous reply.
As the realisation dawned that the interaction was live, Josh slinked off.
“Oh my god, f**k,” he said.
A quick-thinking Muling convinced Josh to pass over the Premiership Cup for the cameras, and turned it into a segue to continue the interview, a consummate professional.
Asked what it meant to have the Cup, Daicos was moved.
“It’s so special,” he said.
“As I’ve said, a lot of hard work’s gone into it, it means everything to do it with the team, do it with my brothers out there, I’m super stoked and very grateful.”
The younger Daicos was one of the best afield for Collingwood, earning himself four Norm Smith votes as second-best on ground for the Pies.
It caps off a historic year for the 20-year-old, who was the favourite for the Brownlow Medal and polled 28 votes, the most of any second-year player in the AFL era despite getting injured in Round 21.
He earned All-Australian selection and was awarded the AFLCA’s Best Young Player, coming third in the Champion Player of the Year.