David Swallow

David Swallow (born 19 November 1992) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Gold Coast Suns in the Australian Football League (AFL). Swallow won the Gold Coast Suns Club Champion award in 2014, becoming the second player to win the award after 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. Swallow has served as Gold Coast co-captain since the 2019 season.

David Swallow
Swallow playing for Gold Coast in 2017
Personal information
Full name David Swallow
Date of birth (1992-11-19) 19 November 1992
Original team(s) East Fremantle (WAFL)
Draft No. 1, 2010 national draft
Debut Round 2, 2011, Gold Coast
vs. Carlton, at the Gabba
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 87 kg (192 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Gold Coast
Number 24
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2011– Gold Coast 139 (68)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of the 2019 season.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Early life

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

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.[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]

In February 2019, Swallow was named as Gold Coast co-captain, alongside Jarrod Witts.[9]


Statistics are correct to the end of the 2019 season.[10]
 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 Votes
Totals Averages (per game)
2011 Gold Coast 2421111420820541362840.
2012 Gold Coast 2412821309622631430.
2013 Gold Coast 24183219515234747610.
2014 Gold Coast 24221520287226513671180.70.913.
2015 Gold Coast 24622704611616350.30.311.77.719.32.75.80
2016 Gold Coast 2400
2017 Gold Coast 241811821317739049910.60.411.89.821.72.75.10
2018 Gold Coast 2420111124319844173910.60.612.29.922.13.74.62
2019 Gold Coast 242213728222750987840.60.312.810.323.14.03.87
Career 139 68 59 1628 1327 2955 432 606 0.5 0.4 11.7 9.5 21.3 3.1 4.4 18

Honours and achievements



  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. Whiting, Michael (25 February 2019). "Suns shock: Former Pie co-captain, ex-Cat a leader". afl.com.au. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  10. "David Swallow". AFL Tables. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
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