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Nick started out his career with Bristol City, being released at the age of 18 and then going on to feature for Yate Town in the Southern League South & West for a few seasons.
In January 2009, he made the journey down the M5 to sign for division rivals Taunton Town before making the switch to Bridgwater Town in the same league in December 2009, where he helped Craig Laird’s side reach the Southern League South & West playoff final in 2010, but ultimately lost to Cirencester Town.
McCootie moved on in June 2010, and enjoyed a fruitful two-season spell with Cinderford Town, but his best years were yet to come in football.
In June 2012, McCootie’s stock continued to rise when he linked up with Paulton Rovers of the Southern League South & West, his goals guiding the side to the playoff semi-finals in 2013 but they lost 4-2 to Hungerford Town, as well as winning the Somerset Premier Cup that year. In 2013-2014, McCootie and Paulton went one better, this time making and winning the Playoff final 2-0 against Merthyr Town, McCootie’s two goals guiding Paulton to one of the greatest moments in their history. He started life off well in the Southern Premier, where he was spotted by National League South side Bath City and departed for the Romans in September 2014. At Paulton, McCootie made 99 appearances, scoring 47 goals and claiming 23 assists while being an unused substitute five times.
With Bath, McCootie was playing National League South football for the first time, but he led the line effectively for three-and-a-half seasons, scoring 34 goals and getting 23 assists in 145 appearances while being an unused substitute eight times.
In January 2018, McCootie signed for Bath’s close rivals, Chippenham Town, also competing in the National League South. The experienced forward continued to play well at Chippenham, his pace, power and goalscoring prowess striking fear into the heart of opposition defences. At Chippenham, he made 51 appearances while scoring 14 goals and laying on goals for his team-mates seven times, while being an unused sub eight times. McCootie also won the Wiltshire Senior Cup in 2018 while with the Bluebirds.
McCootie signed for the Seagulls in the summer of 2019 and after an impressive 2019-2020 season, stays with the club for the new campaign.