David Ellard


13 March 1989
2007 NAB AFL Rookie Draft Pick No. 34
2008 AFL Debut
2009 Carlton Coach's Award

Originally from Swan Districts in WA, David is a small lively midfielder/forward who is very capable in front of goal and a consistently high possession winner. He showed his ability as a goalkicker when he kicked three goals on debut for the Swan Districts at senior level in the WAFL in 2007.David played one senior game against West Coast in Perth in 2007 and performed well with the Northern Bullants during the 2008 season.

In 2009, Dave capped off a stellar season with the Northern Bullants by being rewarded the Northern Bullants Laurie Hill Trophy winner as the club's Best and Fairest player. The award is great credit for the young on-baller who also received a Carlton Coach's Award from Brett Ratten and also was named the Northern Bullants Defensive Player of the Year.

After playing 50 games for the Northern Bullants and two years since his AFL debut, David was given another chance to play against West Coast in round 17 of season 2010 and never looked back. He ended up playing the remainder of the season, including the final against Sydney Swans where he showed his value in the side.

David became a regular in 2011, filling key roles in the midfield. He has improved his decision-making, and his kicking, particularly around goal, making him valuable to the Blues. David always makes his opponents work hard for possessions and will win the hard ball.

2012 saw David in and out of the side. In his 10 games for the Blues he proved valuable when given opportunities and has a lot to offer Carlton in 2013 by filling key roles in the midfield.