The AFL profession of Heath Shaw is over after Greater Western Sydney determined in opposition to providing him a contract extension.
The 34-year-old defender held out hope of incomes a brand new one-year deal however the 325-game veteran is at peace with the Giants’ resolution.
“If you’d told me 10 years ago that I’d be a life member, a club champion and two-time All-Australian and have played off in a grand final at a club that didn’t exist a decade ago, I would have taken a leaf out of Darryl Kerrigan’s book and said, ‘Tell ’em they’re dreaming’,” Shaw stated.
“I don’t assume an interview has gone previous the place I haven’t stated how grateful I’m to this membership for a second likelihood, or instructed everybody how actually particular and distinctive this membership is.
“I’m a competitive beast so I held on to the thought of another year with the Giants to try get us back to where we should be, but sometimes the decision is taken out of your hands which makes it easy.”
After enjoying 173 video games for Collingwood, Shaw notched one other 152 matches for the Giants, which included All-Australian honours in 2015 and 2016 and the Kevin Sheedy Medal in 2015.
Shaw famously introduced earlier than the 2019 grand closing in opposition to Richmond that he would retire if the Giants received.
GWS ended up getting belted by 89 factors in that match, and so they didn’t make the finals this yr.
Shaw was determined to have one closing crack at main the Giants to flag glory but it surely wasn’t to be.
However, Shaw not less than ends his profession with a premiership to his title – the 2010 flag with the Magpies.
Giants chief government David Matthews paid tribute to Shaw.
“The trade to bring Heath Shaw to the club at the end of 2013 has proven to be one of the most significant decisions in our club’s history,” Matthews stated.
“Heath got here to the membership at a time that we have been crying out for expertise and he has had a profound influence on our membership for the reason that day he walked within the doorways.
“Not only has he delivered consistently on field, he has supported our AFLW team in their early years and has been integral in growing our club and the game more broadly with his personality and humour a favourite of AFL fans right across the country.”