Sneak Previews – David Swallow (Suns)

Written by Schwarzwalder on February 16 2016

POSITION: MID

Starting Price: $416 800

SC Scoring History
2015 – 85 points per game from 6 games played
2014 – 103ppg (22)
2013 – 79ppg (18)
2012 – 78ppg (12)

 

Fun fact of the day: David is the younger brother to Andrew Swallow, Captain of North Melbourne. Andrew’s nickname at Arden St is ‘Spitta’……….I’m guessing the Suns have something just as creative for young David as well 😉

David Swallow was widely tipped to be a future #1 Draft Pick when he won the Larke Medal (best player in Division One at the U18 Championships) at just 16 years of age (2009). It put him in illustrious company such as Kepler Bradley, Jack Watts & Kayne Pettifer…………I mean, Marc Murphy, Tom Hawkins & Paul Hasleby 😉 After the Suns used their #1 Pick on Swallow at the 2010 Draft, he was a part of their inaugural team that suited up in 2011.

Swallow had an impressive debut season, averaging a healthy 80 pts from 21 games. His SC scoring stagnated a little over the next two years due to niggling injuries and a more defensive/tagging role. As a result, the movers and shakers at Supercoach HQ granted Swallow Dual Position status in 2014 (DEF/MID). I remember MJ making the bold prediction on SCT that Swallow would have a breakout year in 2014. I was skeptical at first, but the prediction came good (and in a hurry!).

Swallow was the Suns Club Champion in 2014, becoming the first player not named ‘Gary Ablett Jr’ to take out the Award (The Little Master missed the last seven weeks due to THAT shoulder injury). A permanent move to the midfield saw Swallow average 23 disposals per game. Practically half (!!) of his possessions were contested which had him in the League Top 20. He also placed in the Top 30 for Clearances (111 in total) and averaged over four tackles per game. Definitely not one to shy away from a contest, Swallow raised the bat on 12 occasions that season (with a further seven scores over 85+).

Complications to a knee injury ruined his 2015 which brings us to his current starting price of $416 800. If he still had his DPP status, then he’d be as popular as Libba & Petracca on the RMT thread. Given the value of Libba, B.Crouch & O’Meara, Swallow doesn’t seem the best ‘stepping stone’ option this season. So you’d basically be taking a gamble on Swallow being a sneaky M8/9 come seasons’ end (at least a 105+ avg). Given the value on offer in the midfield, he’d certainly need to spit out some big scores………..

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