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Shaw, Elshaug return

Robert Shaw played and coached at the Bombers. (Photo: AFL Media)

Former Essendon players Tony Elshaug and Robert Shaw have been appointed to the Bombers’ recruiting team. 

Elshaug and Shaw played a combined 116 games for the Bombers and have accepted part-time roles in the Bombers’ recruiting arm.

A member of the 1985 premiership side, Elshaug played 65 games for the Bombers, having also recently held the role of list and recruiting manager at St Kilda.  

Shaw played and coached at the highest level, playing 51 games for the red and black and was an assistant coach in the 1980s before being senior coach of Fitzroy and the Adelaide Crows.

Shaw also recently guided the development of several AFL players including the Bombers’ own Andy McGrath through his role as a teacher and first XVIII coach with Brighton Grammar in the APS system.


Tony Elshaug recently led St Kilda's list management and recruitment. (Photo: AFL Media)

General manager of list and recruiting Adrian Dodoro said the club was delighted to welcome back the pair.

“Both Tony and Rob bring a wealth of football experience and we’re delighted we can welcome them back in this new capacity to the Essendon family,” Dodoro said. 

“We’re very fortunate to be able to secure their services for the 2019 recruiting season.”


Robert Shaw (right) pictured in the red and black in 2004. (Photo: AFL Media)

In further news, fellow former Essendon player Rob Forster-Knight has been elevated to the role of national recruiting manager, previously left vacant by Merv Keane’s departure in late 2018. 

“Rob has been a totally committed and dedicated professional in his time at the club and has rightly earned this opportunity so we’re thrilled to elevate him to this new role,” Dodoro said. 

This news is brought to you by Orchard HRO, the club's Official Recruitment and List Management Partner.