Dylan Shiel

Dylan Anthony Shiel (born 9 March 1993) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was one of 12 underage recruits that GWS had access to as part of their list concessions.[1]

Dylan Shiel
Shiel in June 2017
Personal information
Full name Dylan Anthony Shiel
Date of birth (1993-03-09) 9 March 1993
Original team(s) Dandenong Stingrays (TAC Cup)
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Essendon
Number 9
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
20122018 Greater Western Sydney 135 (64)
2019 Essendon 21 (9)
Total 156 (73)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Early life

Shiel attended Caulfield Grammar School, graduating in 2010, prior he attended St Bede's College in Mentone, Victoria. He was originally a Carlton supporter.[2]

He played seven games for the Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC Cup, averaging 30 disposals, kicking six goals and leading the league in contested possessions with 13 per match.

Shiel played 135 games at GWS, spanning 7 seasons playing mostly as one of the key midfielders in the side. He achieved All Australian selection in the 2017 season.

2018: Trade to Essendon

Following a salary cap issue at the GWS Giants[3], Shiel was encouraged to explore his options elsewhere and with the intention to continue his football in Victoria in the coming years, he decided to entertain the idea.[4] He met with four clubs: St Kilda, Hawthorn, Carlton and Essendon and decided with the latter, Carlton explored extreme methods in trying to lure Dylan, flying the midfield star to Noosa on a private jet as part of a bold pitch to snare his signature. It is believed he turned down more than $3 million to sign with Essendon as he was chasing success over money and was put off by Carlton’s luxurious pitch which included caviar and an entourage of Carlton power brokers, including Chris Judd.[5][6] The trade was done in the dying minutes of the 2018 Trade Period with two first-round picks being sent to GWS, and a second being sent back to Essendon, along with Shiel.[7]

Shiel commenced his first pre-season at Essendon in November 2018 with the expectation of slotting straight into the starting midfield in his first game for the club against his old side on 24/3/2019.

2019: 1st year at Essendon

After a full preseason, Shiel played 4 games adjusting to playing in the Essendon midfield until playing his "breakout game" at his new club in Round 5 against North Melbourne. Regarded by many as best afield, Shiel recorded an astonishing 866 metres gained together with his 10 inside 50s and 4 goal assists. In the 2019 season Shiel came second in the Essendon Football Club Best and Fairest.


Statistics are correct to end of 2018[8]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2012 Greater Western Sydney 5125410812022839460.
2013 Greater Western Sydney 521111119421741162700.
2014 Greater Western Sydney 51791118620739365820.50.710.912.
2015 Greater Western Sydney 5148916420236638550.60.611.714.426.12.73.9
2016 Greater Western Sydney 523131531932063982840.60.713.913.927.83.63.6
2017 Greater Western Sydney 525121532932765665920.50.613.
2018 Greater Western Sydney 52361432127559666790.30.614.
2019 Essendon 922915311265576691080.40.714.
Career 156 73 94 1932 1932 3864 485 616 0.5 0.6 12.3 12.3 24.6 3.1 3.9

See also


  1. Landsberger, Sam (7 November 2010). "Greater Western Sydney pair Dylan Shiel and Adam Treloar 'pick of bunch'". Daily Telegraph.
  2. Landsberger, Sam (14 October 2010). "Dylan Shiel is officially on Greater Western Sydney's list and has set his sights on AFL stardom". Herald Sun.
  3. Barrett, Damian (25 August 2018). "Damian Barrett: GWS Has A "Horrendous" Salary Cap Issue". Triple M. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  4. Curley, Bowen, Adam, Nick. "GWS confirms gun mid talking with Vic clubs - AFL.com.au". afl.com.au. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  5. https://twitter.com/TonySheahan/status/1050208353589186560
  6. Robinson, Anderson, Mark, Jon. "Heraldsun.com.au | Subscribe to the Herald Sun for exclusive stories". www.heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  7. Cleary, Mitch. "Shiel deal: How 2018's biggest trade got done - AFL.com.au". afl.com.au. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  8. Dylan Shiel's player profile at AFL Tables
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