Giants GWS have chosen not to re-offer veteran defenseman Heath Shaw
2015 medal winner Kevin Sheedy played 152 AFL games with the Giants after 173 with Collingwood
During Shaw’s day with GWS he won All Australian honors twice (2015-16), but at 34 the Giants opted to go their separate ways
« If you had told me 10 years ago that I would be a life member, club champion and twice All Australian and that I would have played a grand final in a club that did not exist there Ten years ago, I would have taken a sheet of Darryl Kerrigan’s book and said ‘tell them they’re dreaming’, ”Shaw said
« I don’t think an interview has gone by where I haven’t said how grateful I am to this club for a second chance, or told everyone how special this club really is and unique
« I’m a competitive beast so I clung to the idea of another year with the Giants trying to get us back to where we should be, but sometimes the decision is up to you, which makes it easier things «
GWS General Manager of Football Jason McCartney praised Shaw for his contribution to the club in helping them establish themselves in the AFL
« Heath is an incredible competitor and has done a remarkable job preparing to play consistently over such a long period, » said McCartney
« He gave absolutely everything he had to the GIANTS and indicated he wanted to keep playing, but we think the time has come for him to make way for the next generation. »
« The trade to get Heath Shaw to the club at the end of 2013 turned out to be one of the most important decisions in our club’s history, » added Giants general manager David Matthews.
« Heath came to the club at a time when we were clamoring for experience and he has had a profound impact on our club since the day he walked through the doors
« Not only did he always deliver consistent results on the pitch, but he supported our AFLW team during their early years and played a vital role in the growth of our club and the game more broadly with his personality and his favorite humor of AFL fans across the country »
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