Full Name: SHANE EDWARDS
Date of Birth: 25/10/1988
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Debut: 20/04/2007, Round 4, Western Bulldogs
Total Games: 281
Total Goals: 174
2020 Premiership player
2019 Premiership player
2017 Premiership player
2017 Life Member
2018 Yiooken Award - Dreamtime Match
Shane Edwards was born in South Australia to parents Tara and Greg. He attended Golden Grove High School and began playing
football with Golden Grove Kookaburras at age 8. At U/13 level he was zoned to North Adelaide and started playing with the club’s
junior teams. He was a member of the clubs U/19 Premiership team in 2006. Shane made his senior debut with North Adelaide at the age of 17. Shane represented South Australia in the 2006 U/18 National Championships. At the 2006 Combine he recorded top 3 scores in the beep-test , three kilometres run and the standing vertical leap. Shane was drafted by Richmond with pick 26 overall in the 2006 AFL National Draft . He made his debut in the Richmond senior team in Round 4 , 2007 against the Western Bulldogs at the MCG. Shane played 16 games in 2007 and again in 2008. Shane was dropped from the senior team after playing the first 3 rounds in 2009 . He played again in Round 1 but was dropped after one game and played with Richmond’s VFL Affiliate , Coburg. Jade Rawlings took over as interim Coach in Round 12 after the sacking of Terry Wallace.
Shane was immediately selected in the senior team and was a regular senior player with the Tigers until the end of the 2021 season , excepting injuries or personal leave and a handful of games involving form . Shane developed strongly as a player and his
leadership role was increased with him captaining the Richmond team in its 2013 pre-season clash with the Indigenous All Stars in
Alice Springs. Shane was also part of the Tigers teams’ that made the finals in 2013, 2014 and 2015 but suffered three successive Elimination Final losses.
Shane’s quiet manner belied his worth to the Tigers senior team, his versatility in being able to play consistently well , all over the ground, his durability and his leadership. Damien Hardwick ,Coach of the Tigers said in 2014 “ He’s an incredible talent, he does things that only a few people can do. The ability for him to get in and out of traffic and create goals for others is outstanding “.
Shane is a three time Premiership player, 2017, 2019 and 2020. He was selected in the 2018 All Australian Team , has finished 3 times in the Top 5 of the club Best and Fairest and won the “ Dreamtime at G” game Best Player award “ The Yiooken “ in 2018.
Shane had an unusual preparation for the Covid impacted 2020 season and subsequent Premiership success.
An extract from an
article on the Richmond Football Club web site explains: “ While he played only 10 games in 2020, Edwards had a major
impact on Richmond’s third Premiership in four years. Stayed behind in Melbourne to be with his partner Samantha for the birth of their first child Mya , after his teammates relocated to the Gold Coast hub. The Tiger favourite underwent a “ mini “ pre-season in September , training alongside Gary Ablett Jnr , Dan Hannebery , before returning for the final home and away game of the season. Featured in the clubs four finals , highlighted by his 27 disposals effort in the Grand Final win over Geelong”.
The Tigers after a disappointing season in 2021, marred by injuries to key players , form loss and maybe loss of hunger and fatigue
coming from 3 Premierships in 4 years .
In 2019, he captained Richmond for 6 games due to injuries to his leadership group.
North Adelaide. Joined Richmond with Richmond's Second round draft selection pick 26 overall in 2006 National Draft.