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Shinboner of the Era #5: Andrew Swallow

Ricky Mangidis  June 22, 2016 11:12 AM

The fifth and final candidate for Shinboner of the Era is captain Andrew Swallow.

At North Melbourne’s A Celebration of Shinboner Spirit mid-season event, the club will announce the Shinboner of the Era for 2005-2015.

Earlier this year, a Shinboner of the Era selection committee was formed, with key officials nominating five North Melbourne players who they believed best typified what it meant to be a Shinboner.

Over the next five weeks, each candidate will be revealed one-by-one. Once the five names have been made public, North Melbourne members will then have their chance to select who they believe is the Shinboner of the Era.

The fifth and final player on the list is Andrew Swallow.

Closing in on 200 games, Andrew Swallow has been a fixture in the North Melbourne midfield for much of the last decade.

Selected in the 2005 National Draft, the West Australian quickly made an impact at the Roos, playing 12 games in his debut season and backing it up with 25 appearances in the preliminary final year of 2007.

After a down year in 2008, Swallow was outside the best 22 at the start of the 2009 season. However, his chance came as a late inclusion for the season opener and he never looked back, playing the next 106 games in a row.

A tackling machine, by the end of the year Swallow will likely hold four of the best 15 tackling seasons in the history of the game.

As captain of the club since 2012, Swallow has presided over an exciting era at Arden Street.

Halfway through his fifth year in the role, the 29-year-old is one of the longest serving captains in club history, behind only Wayne Carey (nine seasons), Wayne Schimmelbusch (nine seasons) and Adam Simpson (five seasons).

Stay tuned, because on Thursday there’ll be details on how you can vote on the Shinboner of the Era.

Previously

Candidate #1: Drew Petrie
Candidate #2: Brady Rawlings
Candidate #3: Michael Firrito
Candidate #4: Brent Harvey

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