While he admits it’ll be a moment to reflect on in years to come, all that matters to milestone man David Swallow is ensuring his side puts its best foot forward in Sunday’s clash against Geelong at Heritage Bank Stadium.
Swallow will become the first player in club history to reach 200 games for the Gold Coast SUNS, dating all the way back to the club’s inaugural game, and his AFL debut, in 2011.
He’s been there alongside all 139 other players who have pulled on the SUNS jumper and says it will be a special moment to share with many on Sunday.
“Firstly, I’m grateful to the footy club for sticking with me and giving me an opportunity. It’s been my home for a long time and I’m really grateful for that,” Swallow said.
“It is an honour and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to play 200 games for the club.
“As a kid growing up you dream of these sorts of moments and it’ll be a nice moment to have the kids run out with me and those photos to look back on.
“It’s one of those things I’ll probably reflect on post-career and hopefully there’s a few more to come as well.”
The milestone for a favourite son adds a touch of additional motivation for the SUNS who know a four-quarter display of the SUNS brand of footy is what’s needed to topple the Cats.
“I don’t think the group needs any more motivation,” Swallow continued.
“Going week-to-week with footy there’s not a heap of time to reflect but as a group we’ve just started our season, we’re trying to find some form and a lot of my energy and focus has been put into that.
“The group is just focused on improving, especially after the first two weeks. Hopefully on the weekend we can find some of that form we found last year.”
The SUNS take on Geelong this Sunday at Heritage Bank Stadium from 2.10pm with the SUNS VFL side to take on the Cats at the venue from 10.25am.