Luke Parker is a professional Australian Rules Footballer, currently playing with the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League.
He made his debut in Round 8 of the 2011 AFL season against Port Adelaide and received his first career Brownlow Medal vote in the Swans’ Round 16 victory over the Gold Coast Suns where he had 26 disposals and kicked two goals.
It was an impressive debut year from Parker playing as small, tackling forward and in the midfield. He was compared to his teammate Jude Bolton, due to his hardness at the contest, strong tackling and ability to win contested possession.
The young midfielder took a significant step forward in 2013, moving from a regular substitute at the back end of the previous season to a dangerous and highly valued member of the starting line-up. Playing every game, he averaged 21 disposals and five marks and proved a more than handy forward, finishing with 22 goals.
In 2014, Parker further made his mark on the team becoming the youngest player since Michael O’Loughlin in 1998 to be awarded the Bob Skilton Medal and the Paul Kelly Players’ Player award which is voted on each week by the playing group. Playing every game, he averaged 26 disposals, six tackles and four marks, all comfortably career highs, and was named in the All-Australian squad.
Luke is originally from the Mornington Peninsula, selected from the 2010 NAB AFL Draft and played football previously with the Langwarrin Football Club and the Dandenong Stingrays.