Games Played 248
Career 2007 - 2021
Date of Birth 25/07/1988
AFC Debut Number: 155 AFC Debut Game: Round 1 v Western Bulldogs, 2008
David Mackay spent 15 seasons with Adelaide, a rare achievement built on his resilience and commitment to the team.
The Crows added Mackay to their list with their third pick (No 48) at the 2006 national draft. The quick and long-kicking midfielder represented Vic Metro at the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships that year and was a valuable contributor to the Oakleigh Chargers’ TAC Cup premiership.
A series of hamstring injuries in 2007 limited his development at SANFL club South Adelaide but despite this he impressed enough across the following pre-season to make his AFL debut in the opening round of 2008.
Mackay made 19 appearances in his debut season to win the Mark Bickley Award and he continued to develop his run-and-carry game on the wing and later in defence, despite some injuries and dips in form.
Mackay was rewarded with the Dr Brian Sando OAM Trophy for his outstanding professionalism and attention to detail in 2016, when he also received Life Membership at the Crows. He was part of Adelaide’s losing grand final side in 2017, when he played 22 games, and the next season he played his 200th game.
Mackay announced his retirement ahead of the last round of 2021, finishing on 248 games, ranked ninth at the Club.