NetworkIdentity.netID to int

NetworkIdentity.netID is a networkInstance is is there a way of converting it to an int?
or another thing I could use instead?

int nid = int.Parse( netId.ToString() );

I convert netID to a string and use that string when comparing or finding players. It’s a unique value assigned to a networked object, so a string works well.

Simply netId.Value returns uint