Craig Bolton was inducted into the Swans Hall of Fame in 2014.
All-Australian 2006, 2009
Craig Bolton began his career with ACT club Eastlake and the NSW/ACT Rams, before being drafted to the Brisbane Lions at selection 33 in 1998. He played 29 senior games for Brisbane before deciding to look further afield for season 2003. Thus Craig moved to the Swans as pick 3 in the 2003 pre-season draft. He immediately became a key member of the team’s defence, missing only one game in his first seven seasons with the Club. He was an integral part of the 2005 Premiership team, twice placed third in Club Champion voting, and twice received All-Australian honours. Co-captain of the Club from 2008 to 2010, his off-field legacy is as significant as anything he achieved on the field. Former Swans Chief Executive, Andrew Ireland, said of him, “Craig gave wonderful service to the Swans in every way. He will be remembered as one of the great leaders of this Club, who played a big part in reshaping its culture.” Craig retired prior to the 2011 season, after it proved impossible for him to overcome a series of injuries, with an achilles injury sustained the previous season sadly bringing down the curtain on a wonderful career.