David Swallow
Gold Coast Suns: 220 AFL games, 100 goals

David Swallow currently plays for the Gold Coast Suns in the AFL.

Swallow was born in Perth, Western Australia to a Dutch mother and an English father. His older brother, Andrew, is a former captain of the North Melbourne Football Club.

In 2010, despite not yet being drafted by an AFL team, Swallow was permitted to play in Gold Coast’s 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. However, it was widely assumed that Swallow would be taken with the first pick in the draft, which was confirmed on 19 November.

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 club’s first victory against Port Adelaide in round 5. After a 21-possession, two-goal performance against the Western Bulldogs in round 14, Swallow was nominated for the 2011 AFL Rising Star award.

In 2014 Swallow won the Gold Coast Suns Club Champion award, becoming the second player after Gary Ablett Jr. to win the award.

In 2018 Swallow signed a five-year contract extension with the Suns, tying him to the club until the end of 2024. He served as Gold Coast co-captain from 2019 to 2021.

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