|Full name||Daniel McAlister|
|Date of birth||22 August 1978|
|Place of birth||New Zealand|
|Original team(s)||Tassie Mariners|
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||88 kg (194 lb)|
|1997, 2001–02||Essendon||6 (0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2002.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
McAlister was born in New Zealand. Of Māori heritage, he is one of few Maori Australians in the history of the VFL/AFL. McAlister grew up playing rugby union and rugby league as a junior in Taranaki. His family emigrated to Tasmania when Daniel was 12, and after starting as a boundary umpire he played junior Australian rules in Smithton before moving to Hobart where he was selected in the Under 18 state team.
The 185 cm, 88 kg solidly built McAlister played just six games in three seasons between 1997 and 2002. Originally taken as a rookie, McAlister was delisted after playing just two senior games. Surprisingly, he was re-drafted in the 2001 AFL Draft, picked up again by Essendon at pick #64. He was delisted at the end of 2002, after which he was signed to play for the Wodonga Raiders in country Victoria.