One of many few remaining Gold Coast basis gamers, David Swallow, will be a part of ex-Collingwood ruckman Jarrod Witts because the AFL membership’s co-captains in 2019.
Swallow has been with the Suns since their first AFL marketing campaign in 2011, taking part in beneath inaugural captain Gary Ablett after which final yr’s co-captains Steven Might and Tom Lynch.
With Lynch and Might each leaving the membership on the finish of final yr’s marketing campaign, the 26-year-old has now been elevated to captaincy alongside Witts.
Coach Stuart Dew mentioned Swallow’s five-year contract extension on the finish of final yr had proven his dedication to the membership.
“Dave’s been right here for the entire time and when he dedicated long-term for the remainder of his profession, I feel that exhibits the kind of particular person he’s,” Dew mentioned.
“He’s up for the problem and positively seeking to lead this entire soccer membership.”
Swallow mentioned he hoped to be a pacesetter by his actions on the sphere and was enthusiastic in regards to the Suns’ long-term prospects.
“It’s fairly a proud second for myself,” he mentioned.
“I’m actually assured with this system and the leaders beneath that we’ll see success within the close to future.”
Witts solely joined the Suns on the finish of 2017 however Dew mentioned a gathering with the 26-year-old on the finish of final season cemented his management credentials.
“By the robust occasions by the top of final yr Wittsy knocked on the door and mentioned ‘OK, I’m in and the way can we get it higher?’
from that second there I knew Jarrod had the membership at coronary heart and was dedicated to creating positive we begin our climb,” Dew mentioned.
Witts too signed a five-year contract extension earlier this yr, guaranteeing each of the Suns’ new captains are locked-in with the membership for the long-term.
Pearce Hanley and Touk Miller have been named vice-captains, with 23-year-old Miller additionally signed to a long-term deal on the membership.
The way forward for Lynch and Might overshadowed a lot of the Suns’ 2018 marketing campaign and chief govt Mark Evans mentioned it was encouraging key members of the brand new management group had long-term offers with the membership.
“Importantly for us, three of our 4 office-bearers – if that’s what you need to name them – have lately dedicated themselves long-term to the membership,” Evans mentioned.
Jarrod Harbrow is joined by Brayden Fiorini, George Horlin-Smith and Alex Sexton within the the rest of the Suns’ management group.