Essendon Football Club is thrilled to announce Dylan Shiel will don the sash after a trade with Greater Western Sydney was finalised today.
The Bombers acquired Shiel and the Giants 2019 NAB AFL Draft second round pick, in exchange for pick nine in the 2018 NAB AFL Draft and a future first round pick. Essendon has also received a future fourth round pick from Fremantle in exchange for Travis Colyer.
Shiel has agreed to a six year deal and will now call The Hangar home until at least the end of 2024.
He played 135 games for GWS during his seven years at the club, and in 2017 was named in the All-Australian side.
Senior Coach, John Worsfold, said Shiel would be a great fit for the club.
“We had decided that we wanted to add another quality midfielder to our list and Dylan fit that requirement perfectly,” Worsfold said.
“He has very strong values that align with our team and club values, including a desire to continuously work to improve both on and off the field.
“Dylan is a very hard runner that can win contested ball inside at stoppages but he will also cover the ground and help us link up both offensively and defensively.”
Shiel was a member of the Giants leadership group in 2016 and 2017.
The midfielder notified Essendon on day two of the 2018 NAB AFL Trade Period that he wished to join the Bombers in 2019.
Essendon GM Football, Dan Richardson, thanked Travis Colyer on behalf of the Club.
“I would like to thank Trav for his commitment to the club, and the attitude and leadership he has shown both on and off the field,” Richardson said.
“Trav is a highly respected player and we believe the move to Fremantle will provide him with good opportunities.
“We wish him all the best in his next chapter in Perth.”
Colyer played 87 games in the red and black, after being selected with pick 26 in the 2009 AFL Draft.
Dylan Shiel is on holiday. The Club will arrange a media opportunity when Dylan returns.