Operation Human Shiel


I don’t really know what in mean. I’m trying to keep the lid on and not get ahead of ourselves. I hope Shiels fixes our Midfield and not end up being a very expensive 6 year mistake.


How can he be expensive when we are paying less than all the other clubs? How can adding an All Australian midfielder to the side for 6 years when he is at him prime a mistake?

That’s not keeping a lid on it, it is ■■■■■■■ into the pot of joy.


Then don’t set unrealistic expectations.

Shiel isn’t going to “fix” our midfield, as it isn’t broken, he is just another good player who will play through there and help us.

One player isn’t going to turn us into premiers but the growth of our younger players combined with senior players holding their form will give us a chance.


Tell Grant Tony sent you!


Anyone able to post the herald sun article that was posted in the last hour?

Essendon, GWS set for trade fight as Dylan Shiel knocks back big money to join Bombers


GWS will demand two first-round picks for Dylan Shiel after he announced he wanted to pursue a flag with Essendon in a deal that could cost him $2 million over six years.

But the Bombers will try to land the classy playmaker with its pick No.9 in this year’s national draft and a small sweetener, probably a future second or third–round selection.

The Giants have salary cap issues and, in part, encouraged Shiel to talk to rivals.

The stand-off has already started, but it won’t be insurmountable.

“There’s eight days to go, and it will get done,’’ a source close to the deal told the Herald Sun .

But a Giants insider said the club rated Shiel better than Adam Treloar who was traded to Collingwood for two first-round selections.

Dylan Shiel at GWS training.

”Treloar was worth two picks and this bloke is an All-Australian, so he’s also worth two picks,’’ the insider said.

“Absolutely, we will not shift on that.’’

The Herald Sun revealed the Bombers were Shiel’s preferred club, ending weeks-long lavishing from the Bombers, Hawthorn, St Kilda and Carlton.

He was swayed by a belief that Essendon would have on-field success and the thrill of playing in front of blockbuster crowds such as Anzac Day.

The Herald Sun can confirm the Bombers’ bid was the lowest of the four offers made to the 25-year-old, believed to be below $1 million a season.

The six-year deal is believed to be more than $2 million less than what Shiel could’ve earned elsewhere.

It’s understood the Hawks ran second to the Bombers to secure the inaugural Giant.

The classy midfielder flew into Melbourne on Tuesday morning to meet his managers, Paul Connors and Robbie D’Orazio, and at lunchtime started making calls to all four clubs.

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson was the first number dialled and the Bombers the last, with the good news.

Connor’s told the Herald Sun he expected the deal to be completed but said Shiel had only made up his mind to play with the Bombers.

The Giants said in a statement: “The Giants are prepared to discuss potential trade options with the Bombers that sees an appropriate return for the club. Dylan is contracted for the 2019 season and he will remain a Giant should a suitable trade not be reached.”

Shiel met a string of Bombers players at an Elwood cafe last week.

Connors said the Essendon list and its potential to challenge for the premiership helped sway Shiel’s decision.

The fact money was not the overriding factor impressed Essendon officials.

It can also be revealed Jayden Laverde, who is also in the Connors stable, won’t be part of any trade.

If/when Shiel lands at Essendon, it will be a stunning coup by list manager Adrian Dodoro. who has delivered to the club best-and-fairest winner Devon Smith, Adam Saad and Jake Stringer in the past 18 months.

Clearly, the expectation on the Bombers in 2019 will be sky high.

They will get back best-and-fairest winner Joe Daniher back in the forward line, Cale Hooker, Aaron Francis and Michael Hurley will hold up the defence, and in between will be a bevy of hard-running mid-sized players.

From pocket to pocket, one half of Essendon’s team will read Saad, McKenna, Shiel, Stringer, Fantasia.

The other half will read McGrath, Francis, Zaharakis, Smith, McDonald-Tipungwuti.

Another hard-nosed midfielder to aid skipper Dyson Heppell, Zach Merrett, Darcy Parish, Kyle Langford and David Myers will next on the recruiting list.




If you don’t know what you mean what the fark hope do we have.


2 first round picks he isn’t. Must site precedence for this.


The quotes say nothing of two first round picks.


I reckon we should offer them one outright 1st rounder and an upgrade. (eg 2018 pick swap 1st for a 2nd and next year’s first at a maximum). They get their two swings in the first round and we can pick up some decent talent in the 18-36 range.

Good chance GWS won’t use all their picks if they get first rounders for Lobb as well. (they should, he is worth it)


I’m glad to read in that article that Laverde will be staying.


Some guy rang SEN saying lol Carlton, they paid out $60k on a private jet, but did not get Shiel, but the EFC got him at a Melbourne suburban cafe for the cost of a latte.



He has shot up a hell of a lot in my estimations if that is the deal he has taken from us.


That’s in reference to what he could have earned from other teams contracts had he not gone with us


But it was probably a mug of latte, which is $5 down here.


Why didn’t Norf throw all their money at this guy? Just curious.


Do you know what a Latte costs in Melbourne these days?


They lost the tin opener and couldn’t afford a new one?


Can’t multi task- could only deal with the Gaff trade.