New Swan Districts captain Ellard looks forward to new era

New Swan Districts captain Ellard looks forward to new era

DESPITE having big shoes to fill, newly appointed Swan Districts Football Club captain Dave Ellard is looking forward to a new era at the club.

Ellard takes over from long-time captain Tallan Ames, who announced his retirement after playing 263 WAFL games.

The 28-year-old says having worked with Ames over the season he was excited and honoured to take on the role for the 2018 season.

“I worked with Tallan last season so it was in the pipeline but obviously it is a great honour to captain the club you grew up barracking for as a kid,” he said.

“It’s where all my footy started and it’s going to be an exciting year.

“It’s an exciting list and obviously with the changes and all that it’s an exciting time.”

Joining newly appointed coach Adam Pickering, Ellard said it was a time of change for the club and he would be looking to help the club go even further next season.

“It’s still early days yet, but Adam and I will be catching up some time this week and starting the conversations about next year,” he said.

“We only just had our best and fairest recently, which was a good night and a fitting send off for Greg and for the amazing work that he’s done over a long period of time including a period where there wasn’t much success so we’ll catch up in the next couple of weeks and nut out a plan.

“Obviously we want to improve on our season it was encouraging to get that first win again West Perth at home and give a lot of young kids a taste of what it’s like to win a final in front of our faithful and its something we want to replicate next year and take that further.”

Ellard said he was also excited at the prospect of blooding young players and had seen a lot of positive signs this year.

“It’s been a great opportunity for a lot of young kids to play some senior games given the position the club was in,” he said.

“We’ve been able to blood a lot youth and to see some of those young kids step up this year Jesse Turner and Toby Watson especially in the second half of the year is really pleasing.

“Hopefully that development can continue now that they’ve played a full year of senior footy and that rise can continue and take us further into the final.”

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