Andrew Swallow

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Andrew Swallow
Personal information
Full name Andrew Swallow
Nickname(s) Spitter
Date of birth (1987-06-02) 2 June 1987 (age 28)
Original team(s) East Fremantle (WAFL)
Draft #43, 2005 National Draft, Kangaroos
Height/Weight 183cm / 80kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club North Melbourne
Number 9
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2006– North Melbourne 181 (76)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2011 Australia 2
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 20, 2015 season.
Career highlights

Andrew Swallow (born 2 June 1987) is an Australian Rules footballer and the current captain of the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

AFL career[edit]


He was North Melbourne's third round draft selection in the 2005 AFL Draft, number 43 overall, from the East Fremantle Football Club in the WAFL.

2006: Debut[edit]

He received a nomination for the NAB Rising Star for his performance against Geelong in Round 17, 2006 when he managed 25 possessions and a goal.


Swallow's form improved during the 2007 season, consistently gaining high numbers of disposals each week. This culminated in the spectacular 1-point win over Melbourne in Round 9 in which he scored the winning goal.[1]


Swallow played the first 3 games in 2008, before being sent back to the VFL to work on his outside run and spread from the stoppages. After some positives performances at North Ballarat Roosters, he injured his ankle during a game and missed 7 weeks. On his return to the VFL he went onto become a crucial member of the Roosters premiership team.

2009: Syd Barker Medallist[edit]

But he was back to his best in 2009 returning to the side to be one of North's finest throughout the season. His disposal has notably improved, and he has worked on all aspects of his game to play every game, and is now recognised as one of the best tacklers and clearance players in the North Melbourne side, and the AFL. On October 2, 2009, Swallow was awarded the Syd Barker Medal by North Melbourne for being the club's best and fairest player for the year.[2]


He had another terrific season in 2010 playing all 22 games for the second consecutive season and finishing just one vote behind Brent Harvey and Brady Rawlings for the Syd Barker Medal.


In 2011, he would have arguably his best season to date again playing every game and taking home his second Syd Barker Medal which he shared with Daniel Wells. He would also be one of four North Melbourne players selected in the 40 man All Australian squad however he missed out on being selected in the final 22. He would however be selected as part of Australian squad for the International Rules series against Ireland.


In February 2012, Swallow was announced captain of North Melbourne Football Club replacing Brent Harvey. As a captain, Andrew Swallow capped off a fantastic year to win the Syd Barker Medal with 60 votes becoming a three time Syd Barker Medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Swallow is the older brother of Gold Coast Suns midfielder David Swallow, who was taken at pick #1 in the 2010 AFL Draft. Swallow was born and raised in Western Australia attending Rehoboth Christian College. Swallow is a Christian.[3]


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