Carlton Career : 2018
Debut - Carlton : Round 17, 2018 v St Kilda, aged 26 years and 158 days
Carlton Player No. 1197
Games : 104 (2 * at Carlton)
Goals : 33 (0 * at Carlton)
Last Game : Round 18, 2018 vs Hawthorn, aged 26 years, 167 days
Guernsey : 37
Height : 187 cm (6 ft. 2 in.)
Weight : 82 kg (12 stone, 9 lbs.)
DOB: 5 February, 1992.
Carlton 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.”
Shaw played his junior football with Chelsea & Carrum Junior Football Clubs via the Dandenong Stingrays. He was also a keen cricketer who played for the Carrum Cricket Club & attended Mordialloc College. He supported St Kilda as a child. He was delisted by Gold Coast at the conclusion of the 2017 season.
At the end of the 2018 season Matt Shaw was delisted by Carlton after playing two games for the Blues. At the end of the season Shaw would head back to Queensland and play with NEAFL team the Southport Sharks. Shaw would nominate for the 2019 Mid-Season Rookie Draft in hope to rekindle his AFL career.