David Swallow

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David Swallow
David Swallow 2017.2.jpg
Swallow playing for Gold Coast in 2017
Personal information
Full name David Swallow
Date of birth (1992-11-19) 19 November 1992 (age 26)
Original team(s) East Fremantle (WAFL)
Draft No. 1, 2010 national draft
Debut Round 2, 2011, Gold Coast
vs. Carlton, at the Gabba
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Gold Coast
Number 24
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2011– Gold Coast 117 (55)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of the 2018 season.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

David Swallow (born 19 November 1992) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Gold Coast Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Swallow won the Gold Coast Suns Club Champion award in 2014, becoming only the second player to win the award after then-captain Gary Ablett Jr. won the award in the club's first three seasons. He received a nomination for the 2011 AFL Rising Star award in round 14 of the 2011 season.

Early life[edit]

Swallow is the younger brother of former North Melbourne captain and dual Syd Barker Medallist Andrew Swallow.[1] He attended Shelley Primary School and Rossmoyne Senior High School, and played his junior football at Rossmoyne Junior Football Club. Swallow was named on the half-back line of the 2009 Under-18 All Australian team as a 16-year-old, and was awarded the Larke Medal as the Under-18 competition's best player.[2][3]

In 2010, despite not yet being drafted by an AFL team, Swallow was permitted to play in Gold Coast's Victorian Football League (VFL) team prior to the club's inaugural season in 2011. This meant that if Gold Coast wanted to draft Swallow, the club had to select him with one of the first three picks in the 2010 AFL draft.[4] However, it was widely assumed that Swallow would be taken with the first pick in the draft,[5] which was confirmed on 19 November.[6]

AFL career[edit]

Swallow was part of the inaugural Gold Coast Suns team which played against Carlton in round 2 of the 2011 AFL season. He was also part of the first victory against Port Adelaide in round 5. After a 21-possession, 2-goal performance against the Western Bulldogs in round 14, Swallow was nominated for the 2011 AFL Rising Star.

In 2014, Swallow won the club's best and fairest award, becoming the first player other than captain Gary Ablett, Jr. to win the award.[7]

In November 2018, Swallow signed a five-year contract extension with the Suns, tying him to the club until the end of 2024.[8]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to round 11, 2014[9]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2011 Gold Coast 24 21 11 14 208 205 413 62 84 0.5 0.7 9.9 9.8 19.7 3.0 4.0
2012 Gold Coast 24 12 8 2 130 96 226 31 43 0.7 0.2 10.8 8.0 18.8 2.6 3.6
2013 Gold Coast 24 18 3 2 195 152 347 47 61 0.2 0.1 10.8 8.4 19.3 2.6 3.4
2014 Gold Coast 24 10 11 11 130 123 253 34 41 1.1 1.1 13.0 12.3 25.3 3.4 4.1
Career 61 33 29 663 576 1239 174 229 0.5 0.5 10.9 9.4 20.3 2.9 3.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gold Coast snaps up David Swallow
  2. ^ WA dominates All-Australian side Archived 5 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Swallow, Hooper 2009 Larke Medallists
  4. ^ West Australian Swallow joins Gold Coast Football Club Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ How the Coasters enticed a Swallow to take flight
  6. ^ "Gold Coast SUNS outstanding results at the 2010 NAB Draft". Gold Coast FC. 18 November 2010. Archived from the original on 29 November 2010. Retrieved 18 November 2010.
  7. ^ "Ablett dethroned: Young Sun a club champ". AustralianFootball.com. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  8. ^ Bowen, Nick (7 November 2018). "Gun Suns midfielder signs on until end of 2024". afl.com.au. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  9. ^ David Swallow's player profile at AFL Tables

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