Originally from Kensington Gardens, David Palm was a member of South Australia's Under 16 squad in 1974, and played 21 games for Norwood's Under 17's in the same year. The following season he moved up to the Under 19's and also played his first Reserves match.
Palm made his League debut in mid 1976, and his nine senior games that season included Norwood's 106 point win over Carlton in the Wills Cup, night competition.
Hard, aggressive and skilful, Palm played 22 and 21 games in 1977 and 1979 respectively, and was named in the 22 man squad for the 1978 Grand Final. However, Michael Olsen and Palm were the unlucky two to miss out once the final 20 was announced. Playing in the Reserves decider instead, both players were outstanding in the Redlegs 40 point win against West Adelaide.
Transferring to Western Australia, Palm played for West Perth from 1980 to 1982, before being drafted by Richmond in an early form of the "National Draft". The mid-sized utility played 104 games for the Tigers between 1983 and 1988, including all 22 games in his debut season.
In 1989 he transferred to the Springvale Football Club, and also represented the Victorian Football Association during the year. Palm then returned to West Perth in 1990, and after winning the club's Best and Fairest, was appointed captain in 1991. He totalled 88 games for West Perth, and played 2 State games for Western Australia.
R Cialini Aug 2014