AFL 360 co-host Mark Robinson thinks it’s a no-brainer for North Melbourne to go up against the removed giant Heath Shaw, who would see him reunited with brother and coach Rhyce.
GWS announced Tuesday that Shaw would not be offered a new contract to wrap up his seven seasons at the club, during which he played 152 games, won two All Australian selections and a better and fairer prize.
It is understood that the 34-year-old is open to playing for a third AFL club, which has led to some suggestions that Shaw should hook up with North Melbourne manager Rhyce and take on a playing / manager role at the club in 2021, something that Robinson argued strongly for.
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“I think North Melbourne and Rhyce have to go to Heath and say ‘you are my little brother, but I’m in charge and you come in to help not just me but this football team.'” He said on AFL 360.
“People say nepotism or whatever – kangaroos should tell everyone ‘kick out – it has nothing to do with anyone else but our football club.’ If they believe Heath Shaw can help that club as they rebuild from the ground up (do it).
“The lists are going down, play 10 games, become a development coach / assistant in that role, which I think will become more popular next year and the next year, I think it’s a no-brainer in North Melbourne to pick up Heath Shaw. Not for the coin that was coming up there, but on its terms. “
Co-host Gerard Whateley agrees, saying that, “If they think there is a role for him on the development side and on the coaching side with 12 games, do it. Absolutely to do.”
Continuing to talk AFL tonight, former North Melbourne star Nick Dal Santo agreed that Shaw may have more footy in him, albeit in a slightly different configuration.
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“I think our industry is so quick to transfer players,” he said.
“I still think there is a place for him even if he doesn’t play every week. You can say “Heath, you only play every two weeks, but your primary responsibility is to teach the next incoming group to have the right standards and training ethic to move forward and have great careers.” “
Asked if he would fit in at North Melbourne, Dal Santo admitted that while he liked the idea, it could go against the club’s list strategy given their selection at the end of the season to rebuild their roster.
“I wouldn’t hate the idea,” Dal Santo began.
“Does it go against what the Kangas have been doing in the last two weeks? We know they removed players from the list, asked some to look elsewhere, so does it make sense to involve someone who has 12 months left? I’m not sure.”