DOB: 6 December 1967
From: Hobart/Fitzroy/St. Kilda, Selection #1, 1997 Pre-Season Draft
Number: 1 (1998-1999)
Games: 37 (162 total)
After first playing six games as a ruckman/forward with the Fitzroy Under 19s and Reserves, Shanahan returned to Tasmania after the 1987 pre-season. He rejoined Hobart, where he'd debuted in 1984, won a best and fairest, and played in a premiership. His old Hobart coach Peter Hudson was instrumental in bringing Shanahan to St Kilda him with selection #92 in the 1990 National Draft. Shanahan took two years' leave from his job as a police officer in Tasmania to take the opportunity, and after spending 1991 in the St Kilda Reserves he was called up as a late replacement for an injured player in early 1992. From there he established himself, playing for both the Tasmania and Allies State of Origin sides during his time with the Saints.
A member of the St Kilda 1996 Ansett Cup winning team, Shanahan's last game for St Kilda was the 1997 Grand Final. After being torn apart by Darren Jarman in the later stages of the game he was only offered a one year contract. Looking for a two year deal, Shanahan crossed to Melbourne in 1998 and joined a defensive unit alongside Anthony Ingerson and Marcus Seecamp that helped the club back to finals. Shanahan played 15 games in 1999 but his form dropped off, and he remained on the list in 2000 without playing a game. He retired from AFL football in July, but played in a VFL premiership with Sandringham. He finished his career with the fourth most games without a goal in AFL history.
In 2001 Shanahan joined ACT side Ainslie as playing coach, where he was joined by Marcus Seecamp. In 2009 he was coach of Old Haileybury in the Victorian Amateurs, and in 2013 was assistant at St Bede's Mentone.
|Round 12, 1998||Striking||2 matches|
|1999 Ansett Cup Round 1||Tripping||2 matches|
Age - 11/04/1993, 20/07/2000
Canberra Times - 07/10/2000