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Shaw addresses North Melbourne talk and the “awkward” Kangaroos email


Heath Shaw won’t be playing at North Melbourne in 2021.

Shaw was not offered a contract by GWS for next year after playing 152 games across seven seasons.

The 34-year-old defender has been linked with a move to Arden Street that would reunite him with brother and Kangaroos senior coach Rhyce.

But Shaw poured cold water on the North Melbourne links and remains unsure whether he will play on for a third club next season.

“I’ve spoken to my brother and I can categorically say that I won’t be playing at the Kangas next season,” he told SEN’s Bob and Andy.

“It sounds silly, I know I’ve said I wasn’t retiring but it doesn’t mean I actually want to keep playing. I’m a competitive beast and I’ll play and fight until the end and I did that this year.

“I still think I can make it even if I’m a little bit naive, but it’s the way I am. Whether I play or not, I’m not sure and whether I want to play on, I’m not sure.”

Shaw received a membership renewal email from North Melbourne on Wednesday, the day after he was delisted by the Giants.

“It’s actually the most awkward thing you’ll ever get," Shaw said.

“I got an email that came through and it was a North Melbourne membership renewal that my brother had signed me up for a couple of years ago, the day after I’ve been delisted.

"North Melbourne thought it was a good idea to send me an email and wanted me to renew my membership.

“I was going to email back and write, ‘Is this too soon?’”

Shaw, a two-time All-Australian and premiership player in 2010, has played 325 AFL games for both GWS and Collingwood.

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