Collingwood premiership star Heath Shaw will become a GIANT after a trade deal was finalised between the two clubs today.
Shaw will become a GIANT for the next five years in exchange for young midfielder Taylor Adams. The paperwork will be lodged with the AFL tomorrow.
Shaw, 27, played 173 games for the Magpies after making his debut in 2005. He was a member of Collingwood's 2010 premiership side and one of its best players in that year's Grand Final and Grand Final Replay.
He joins Swans premiership ruckman Shane Mumford at the GIANTS for 2014. His brother Rhyce Shaw plays for Swans after joining the club from Collingwood at the end of 2008.
They are the sons of former Collingwood captain Ray Shaw and nephews of former Collingwood premiership captain and 1990 Norm Smith Medallist Tony Shaw.
General Manager Football Graeme Allan said Shaw would be a great addition to the GIANTS list.
“To bring a player of Heath Shaw’s class and experience to the GIANTS is fantastic and will hugely benefit the club,” Allan said.
“We see Heath as having plenty of good football ahead of him and he’ll be able to provide leadership and support for our exciting young group and they will benefit enormously from his presence.
"He has been a great Collingwood favourite for a number of years and we think somebody of his undoubted quality will be a tremendous asset for the club.
“We’ve now secured two premiership players, with almost 300 games experience during the trade period, while also holding the top two picks in next month’s NAB AFL Draft, leaving the GIANTS in a very healthy position ahead of the 2014 season."
Taylor Adams joins Collingwood after playing 31 games for the GIANTS over the past two seasons. He was drafted with selection 13 in the 2011 NAB AFL Draft.
“Taylor Adams had made an important contribution on and off the field during the first two years of the GIANTS. He has played good football and formed many friendships and we wish him well for the future," Allan said.