Sam Shaw (footballer)
|Full name||Sam Shaw|
|Date of birth||5 April 1991|
|Original team(s)||Xavier College
Oakleigh Chargers (TAC Cup)
|Draft||No. 45, 2009 national draft|
|Debut||Round 4, 2012, Adelaide
vs. Greater Western Sydney, at AAMI Stadium
|Height||193 cm (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (14 st 2 lb; 198 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Sam Shaw (born 5 April 1991) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was recruited with pick 45 in the 2009 national draft from Xavier College and the Oakleigh Chargers.
Shaw's first two seasons in the AFL, 2010 and 2011, were ravaged by multiple injuries that prevented him from playing consecutive SANFL games until late in 2011. After a strong 2012 pre-season, Shaw finally made his AFL debut in round 4 against Greater Western Sydney, and impressed with 13 possessions, three marks and six rebound 50s. Despite further injuries including an unlucky eye injury mid-season and a hamstring injury in Adelaide's Semi FInal win over Fremantle, Shaw established himself as a tall defender in tandem with Daniel Talia when fit, earning an AFL Rising Star nomination in round 21. During the season he signed a two-year contract extension with Adelaide.
Injuries continued to haunt Shaw over the next few seasons. In early 2013, he suffered a grade-two hamstring tear keeping him out of football for two months. He returned to play two more AFL games late in the year. Shaw then played in five of the first seven games in 2014 before again being struck down by hamstring issues, returning for one more game in round 21. At the end of the season he underwent major hamstring surgery to correct his chronic issues, requiring a six-month rehabilitation period that ruled him out of the start of the 2015 season. He made his return via the SANFL and played two more AFL games for Adelaide late in the season. In November 2016, he retired from AFL football citing ongoing concussion issues. He was, however, re-drafted by the Adelaide in the 2017 rookie draft in an administrative decision related to his ongoing welfare.
- Statistics are correct to end of 2015 season
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
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- Capel, Andrew (14 November 2014). "Crows defender Sam Shaw undergoes "unusual surgery in bid to help save his AFL career". The Advertiser.
- "Concussion takes toll as Crow retires at just 25". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
- Burtenshaw, David (28 November 2016). "Jarman joins Crows". Adelaide Football Club. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
- "AFL Tables - Sam Shaw statistics". AFL Tables.