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.
Shiel in June 2017
|Full name||Dylan Anthony Shiel|
|Date of birth||9 March 1993|
|Original team(s)||Dandenong Stingrays (TAC Cup)|
|Height||182 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||82 kg (181 lb)|
|2012–2018||Greater Western Sydney||135 (64)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
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, 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. 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. 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.
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.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
|2012||Greater Western Sydney||5||12||5||4||108||120||228||39||46||0.4||0.3||9.0||10.0||19.0||3.2||3.8|
|2013||Greater Western Sydney||5||21||11||11||194||217||411||62||70||0.5||0.5||9.2||10.3||19.6||3.0||3.3|
|2014||Greater Western Sydney||5||17||9||11||186||207||393||65||82||0.5||0.7||10.9||12.2||23.1||3.8||4.8|
|2015||Greater Western Sydney||5||14||8||9||164||202||366||38||55||0.6||0.6||11.7||14.4||26.1||2.7||3.9|
|2016||Greater Western Sydney||5||23||13||15||319||320||639||82||84||0.6||0.7||13.9||13.9||27.8||3.6||3.6|
|2017||Greater Western Sydney||5||25||12||15||329||327||656||65||92||0.5||0.6||13.2||13.1||26.2||2.6||3.7|
|2018||Greater Western Sydney||5||23||6||14||321||275||596||66||79||0.3||0.6||14.0||12.0||25.9||2.9||3.4|
- Landsberger, Sam (7 November 2010). "Greater Western Sydney pair Dylan Shiel and Adam Treloar 'pick of bunch'". Daily Telegraph.
- 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.
- Barrett, Damian (25 August 2018). "Damian Barrett: GWS Has A "Horrendous" Salary Cap Issue". Triple M. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
- Curley, Bowen, Adam, Nick. "GWS confirms gun mid talking with Vic clubs - AFL.com.au". afl.com.au. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
- Robinson, Anderson, Mark, Jon. "Heraldsun.com.au | Subscribe to the Herald Sun for exclusive stories". www.heraldsun.com.au. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
- Cleary, Mitch. "Shiel deal: How 2018's biggest trade got done - AFL.com.au". afl.com.au. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
- Dylan Shiel's player profile at AFL Tables
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- Dylan Shiel's profile on the official website of the Greater Western Sydney Giants
- Dylan Shiel's playing statistics from AFL Tables