"It got very ugly": "Hurt" Shaw interfered during son’s trade from Collingwood to GWS

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The Shaw name is steeped in history at the Collingwood Football Club.

So it comes as no surprise that Magpies great Ray Shaw was upset when son Heath was traded to GWS at the end of 2013, and things got ugly between all parties.

“Unfortunately, the Collingwood hierarchy made the decision about Heath and he wasn’t too happy about it,” Shaw told SEN’s This Is Your Sporting Life with Peter Donegan.

“It was pretty hard times for him because he’d been at Collingwood a long time and had a lot of mates. It got very ugly at the end and he asked me to interfere with the GWS Giants plus Collingwood and that’s what I did.

“I just said to both clubs: ‘Don’t use him as cattle … he’s a bloody good footballer. So let’s do it the right way.’ When I spoke to Eddie (McGuire) and Gubby (Graeme Allan) it was all done in 24 hours. He was pretty upset about it.”

When asked whether he was upset with Collingwood’s treatment of Heath, Shaw replied: “Without a doubt, you don’t treat anyone like that.

“A bloke who plays with a lot of passion, and fair enough he has his ups and downs like a lot of footballers, he desperately wanted to stay.

“It hurt me just the way they did it, it wasn’t good the way they did it.”

Shaw revealed he “gave it” to Magpies president McGuire in a robust decision about Heath and club's decision to move him on.

“I gave him (McGuire) both barrels,” he said.

“He was MC'ing some do, and he had a break and rang me back straight away, which was good, and I spoke to him in a pretty solid way and told him what was doing on.

“I gave it too him a little bit about blokes being very passionate about the club, and you can’t get rid of those blokes … you can always sit down with them and try and work things out.”

In nine seasons, Shaw played 173 games and was part of Collingwood’s last premiership in 2010.

Since leaving the Magpies, he has played 135 games for the Giants for a total of 308 at AFL level.

Listen to Ray Shaw’s chat on This Is Your Sporting Life with Peter Donegan in the player below