Wests Tigers would like to congratulate Holden Cup captain Nathan Milone on his inclusion in the 2014 Holden Cup Academic Team of the Year.

Milone is currently in the first year of a Bachelor of Business degree at the University of Technology, Sydney, which he is studying part-time.

"It's hard balancing the degree sometimes with footy," said Milone, "but it's good to do it and keep your mind off footy — expand the mind a little, I guess.

"When you see bad injuries in the sport — even with my knee injury this year a little — it makes you see how instantly your career can end, so it's good to have a backup and something to look to whenever your football career does come to an end.

"That's sometimes hard to think about being a young guy and all, but it's important."

Milone will move to full-time training next year with the Club, but emphasised the importance of keeping his studying going, even when with with increased training load.

"I just do it part-time at the moment... but going full time next year with footy will make it a little harder," he reflected. "I spoke to Teddy [James Tedesco] about juggling my study with a full-time training load and he just told me it was important to book afternoon classes in to make sure that I'm not skipping out on either my degree or training."

"I wouldn't mind going into Marketing or Advertising," Milone said.

Click here to see Nathan Milone's full player profile for 2014.

2014 NYC Academic Team of the Year

Adam Elliott

Bulldogs

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)

Andrew Heffernan

Raiders

Bachelor of Sports Coaching & Exercise Science

Corey Jensen

Cowboys

Degree in Sport & Exercise Science

Mitch Sharp

Titans

Bachelor of Nursing

Jack Delaney

Sea Eagles

Bachelor of Business & Commerce

Christian Welch

Storm

Bachelor of Commerce degree

Lachlan Fitzgibbon

Knights

Bachelor of Construction Management

Joshua Tangitau

Panthers

Degree in Exercise Sports Science

Ben Chahoud

Sharks

Carpentry Apprenticeship

Cheyne Whiteclaw

Rabbitohs

Bachelor of Exercise Physiology

Adam Clune

Dragons

Degree in Law

Mason Lino

Warriors

Bachelor of Business

Nathan Milone

Wests Tigers

Bachelor of Business