CARLTON has recruited former Gold Coast Suns player Matt Shaw in the 2017 NAB AFL Rookie Draft.
Taken with pick No.3, the hard-running wingman is known for his ability to break the lines and take the game on.
As an access pick for the Suns in the 2010 national draft, Shaw spent seven seasons on the Gold Coast and notched up 102 senior appearances.
After making his debut in Round 4 against Melbourne in 2011, the 25-year-old’s trademark golden locks were often seen zipping through the midfield and carrying the ball along the wing.
The Patterson Lakes product had a terrific season in the NEAFL this year, consistently generating a lot of ball and setting up his teammates.
Carlton’s GM of List Management and Strategy Stephen Silvagni praised Shaw’s hard running and his capacity to play a number of different roles.
“Matts’ flexibility to play on a wing, at half back, or even in the middle, is a real asset,” Silvagni said.
“In addition to that, his ability to play both offensive and defensive roles will provide a lot more depth to our list – we see him as a really versatile player.”
AFL Games: 102
Club: Gold Coast Suns
They said it:
“I just want to be a consistent player who gives effort week in week out so the boys know what they’re going to get from me.”
– Shaw spoke to AFL.com.au about the type of footballer he continually strives to be.
Source: Carlton Blues website