When a letter arrives on the Grigg family addressed to ‘S Grigg’ it should create some confusion, because it may very well be for Shaun, Sarah, Sonny or Spencer – however any mail acquired over the following month or so will certainly be from grateful Tigers followers thanking Shaun for his position serving to carry the premiership to Richmond in 2017.
Shaun is the second premiership participant to retire midyear following from the instance set by Bulldogs Liam Picken, who’s a member of the Western Bulldogs victorious 2016 workforce, and I’ve little question each might be remembered for the components they performed in guaranteeing their respective groups made it to the finals and giving them the chance to go all the best way.
Grigg began his profession at Carlton because the membership’s No. 2 decide and No. 19 total in 2006 after representing Nation Victoria within the under-18 championships and being chosen as an All Australian junior.
A Ballarat boy who performed for Redan after which for the North Ballarat Rebels within the Ballarat league, he made his debut for Carlton in Spherical 14, 2007, towards Melbourne and performed an additional 4 video games for the season, all of which Carlton misplaced. At 190 centimetres and 85 kilograms, he performed as a midfielder or defender all through his profession.
After a disappointing 4 seasons on the Blues throughout which he performed solely 43 video games resulting from damage and lack of alternative he was traded to Richmond. The reversal of his fortunes was rapid. He performed from Spherical 1, and in just one season (2014) of his eight years on the Tigers did he play fewer than 20 video games. In his final 4 seasons he performed a complete of 90 video games, together with 25 within the premiership 12 months of 2017. Not a famous purpose scorer, within the closing home-and-away sport of that 12 months he kicked three targets towards St Kilda, having carried out it solely as soon as earlier than in Spherical 7, 2012, towards Sydney.
Within the premiership 12 months he ran sixth within the Tigers greatest and fairest and fifth on two different events.
If he had fronted up in 2019 he would have been the oldest participant on the Tigers checklist, however as he was unable to play aggressive soccer at any degree, his profession ended on the finish of 2018.
He completed on Richmond’s high 100 elite game-players checklist in 48th place on 171 membership video games, wedged between Andrew Kellaway and 1940s champion Leo Merrett, each of whom had been greatest and fairest winners on the Tigers, with Merrett profitable twice (1942 and 1944) and Kellaway profitable in 2000.
His 86 targets had been sufficient to see him obtain 83rd place on the Tigers high 100 goal-kicking checklist, so there isn’t a doubt he might be an invitee to the membership’s high 100 capabilities for a few years to return and can share the stage with different legends of the 2017 premiership.
Properly carried out, Shaun Grigg.