|Full name||David Ellard|
|Date of birth||13 March 1989|
|Original team(s)||Swan Districts (WAFL)|
|Draft||No. 34, 2008 Rookie Draft, Carlton
No. 99, 2010 National Draft, rookie elevation
|Height||177 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||78 kg (172 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2015.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Ellard is a relatively small player who plays mainly as an in-and-under or tagging midfielder. He played football with the Swan Districts Football Club in the WAFL in 2007. He was drafted to the Carlton Football Club in the AFL for the 2008 season as a rookie in the rookie draft, with the club's third selection (No. 34 overall). Ellard played in several of Carlton's pre-season games, including his Carlton debut in an exhibition match in South Africa, and in the club's two NAB Cup games.
Ellard began the regular season with Carlton's VFL-affiliate, the Northern Bullants. He impressed sufficiently to be elevated to the senior list and made his debut against the West Coast Eagles at Subiaco Oval in Round 7. He did not play again for the Blues during the season, playing a total of eighteen games for the Bullants. In 2009, Ellard returned to the rookie list, and played the entire season with the Northern Bullants, where he was one of the club's best midfielders, and was a part of the club's losing grand final team. Ellard won the Carlton Football Club's Best Clubman award and the Northern Bullants' Best and Fairest award (the Laurie Hill Trophy) in 2009.
Ellard was given a third year as a rookie, and continued playing for the Bullants. After playing his 50th senior game for the Bullants, and more than two years after his AFL debut, Ellard played his second AFL match in Round 17, 2010, against the West Coast Eagles at Subiaco Oval, and played every Carlton game for the rest of the season. Ellard was formally elevated to the senior list after the 2010 season, and was a regular part of Carlton's midfield in 2011, playing a career-high 19 games for the season with strong tackling and accurate goalkicking. After struggling with injuries in 2013, he returned to a lead-up forward role and remained in that role for the rest of his time with Carlton.
Ellard retired from AFL football after the 2015 season, finishing with 63 games over eight seasons with Carlton. He wore his rookie guernsey number 46 throughout his career.
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- SDFC 2007 Review
- Ray Wilson; Blues end drought in West;The Age Realfooty; 3 May 2008
- Blueseum, 2010 Rookie List, 24 November 2010, Retrieved 23 April 2011.
- Nick Bowen (13 December 2013). "Ellard knows versatility key to long career". Australian Football League. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
- Travis King (4 September 2015). "Barker: Ellard a 'great clubman'". Carlton Football Club. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
- "David Ellard". AFL Tables. Retrieved 22 August 2016.