|Full name||Heath Shephard|
|Date of birth||7 September 1969|
|Draft||109thoverall, 1988 VFL Draft
|Height / weight||179 cm / 73 kg|
|1992||Brisbane Bears||4 (1)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1992.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Although he grew up in Tasmania, he was playing at Victorian club Robinvale when Collingwood secured his services.
He had a memorable VFL debut, against the Brisbane Bears at Victoria Park in the third round of the 1989 season. His 18 disposals included five goals and five behinds. He kicked another two goals the following week but his form then dropped off and he finished the season with nine games to his name.
In 1990, Collingwood ended up breaking their premiership drought and Shephard, having played only twice that year, returned to Tasmania.
He spent the 1991 season with the Burnie Hawks in the TFL Statewide League and returned to the AFL the following year, joining Brisbane. Perhaps influenced by Shephard's debut performance, which had come against them, the Bears used the 65th selection of the national draft to pick him up.