Junior Club: The Basin (VIC)
Recruited from: Eastern U18
Brownlow votes: 13
Carida Miller & Keith Barnard
Ron & Linda Sankey
Smith McCarthy Wilson
A three-time premiership player who barely turns heads outside the club, Shiels ranked first at Hawthorn for tackles (162) and third for clearances (83) in 2015 and continued to earn rave reviews for his fitness, hardness and leadership. The Hawks don’t tag a great deal, but Shiels is often the first turned to when an opposition playmaker needs to be shut down. He has the tank and the weapons to be an important attacking element in the Hawthorn midfield. Look for him to become a part of the leadership group in the near future.
Player honours: International Rules Series 2011; premiership sides 2013, 2014, 2015.
Brownlow Medal: 2015 votes 5; career votes 13.
Draft history: 2008 NAB AFL Draft 2nd round selection (Hawthorn) No. 34 overall.