Ward doing a light training run at Robertson Oval
|Full name||Callan Ward|
|Date of birth||10 April 1990|
|Original team||Western Jets (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||#19, 2007 National Draft (Western Bulldogs)|
|Height/Weight||185 cm / 83 kg|
|Current club||Greater Western Sydney|
Greater Western Sydney
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.
Callan Ward (born 10 April 1990) is an Australian rules footballer currently serving as co-captain of the Greater Western Sydney Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL), having previously played with the Western Bulldogs. Originally playing with the Western Jets in the under-18 TAC Cup, Ward was drafted by the Western Bulldogs in the 2007 National Draft, and made his debut for the club midway through the 2008 season. Having played 60 games for the club, mainly as a running midfielder, he was recruited by the newly formed Greater Western Sydney as part of their pre-entry recruiting concessions. Having been named as co-captain of the club for the 2012 season, along with Phil Davis and Luke Power, Ward made his debut for Greater Western Sydney in their inaugural match, and kicked the club's first ever goal.
Ward nominated for the 2007 AFL National Draft. Leading into the draft, five player managers vied to represent him, and a week out from the draft he decided with Paul Connors, who also represents Chris Judd. He was selected by the Bulldogs with their second selection (#19 overall) at 10.12 am after being a mere 20 days old enough to nominate for the draft.
Western Bulldogs career (2008–2011)
He made his debut against St Kilda in Round 11, collecting 12 disposals and finishing with one goal. In his debut year, he played six games while juggling full-time football and his last year of high school. He had an outstanding season in 2009 playing in the mould of Tony Liberatore. He tackles with aggression, marks well and knows how to kick a goal. He is a team player and can be used in a variety of positions including a tagging role.
Greater Western Sydney career (2012–present)
On 5 September 2011, Callan announced that as of the 2012 season, he had signed for the Greater Western Sydney Football Club. He was the second player to announce that he had signed with the Giants. It was later announced, he would be made co-captain alongside Phil Davis and Luke Power.
Ward was named the Giants' Best and Fairest for 2012, being awarded the inaugural Kevin Sheedy Medal.
In 2014 Ward polled 15 votes in the Brownlow Medal, the most of any GWS player in the club's history. This included four best-on-ground performances, two of which were narrow seven-point losses to St Kilda and Hawthorn.
Callan is the grandson of former South Melbourne player, Bill Gunn, who played 104 games for them from 1952 to 1959. He also captained them in the 1955 season.
- Jennifer Witham (24 November 2007). "Bulldogs' 'mixed bag' of talent".
- dailytelegraph (24 March 2012). "GWS v Swans: As it happened".
- foxsports (6 September 2012). "Greater Western Sydney co-captain Callan Ward claims Kevin Sheedy medal for club's best and fairest".
- Ward GIANTS' Brownlow Best, GWS Giants official website, 23 September 2014
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