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Patient Sun waiting for fortunes to turn

By AAP Newswire

It's testing his patience, but David Swallow insists he has no regrets about staying loyal to the Gold Coast.

The club's first No.1 draft pick, now a leader at 25, has worn the their colours since he was 16 playing in the Suns' inaugural VFL campaign.

The Perth product has to cast his mind back to 2014, when the Suns sat as high as second, when referencing the "good times".

Even then the side bombed after an injury to Gary Ablett to finish 12th, with Swallow then enduring two injury-plagued seasons of his own.

But it was the club's backing during that time that has kept the hard-nosed midfielder in Queensland until at least the end of next season.

"It's bit of a rollercoaster, you ride it up and down emotionally and of course I want to be part of a successful side and winning," he said.

"I got a taste of it in 2014 with that winning roll and just how good it can be ... the last few years there's been a lot more downs, but personally try and see positives in (being fit again)."

Swallow is the only surviving member of a midfield that once boasted Harley Bennell, Dion Prestia, Josh Caddy and Ablett, and later included Jaeger O'Meara.

So far he's resisted the temptation to follow them south or west, although a current 10-game losing streak is hardly helping justify that decision.

"I think people have their own personal circumstances as to why they've left," Swallow said when asked if he ever regrets staying on the Gold Coast.

"The club was really good when I had some lean years with injury; I was really keen to repay the faith when they stuck by me.

"I was big on being loyal to the club and keen to see the people here get success."

The Suns host Essendon on Saturday night, who sit 12th but led second-placed Collingwood into the final term before losing by 16 on the weekend.

"As hard as it is for fans to see, we really are working hard during the week to turn it around," Swallow said.