DOB: 19 July 1960
Debut: Round 21, 1979 against St. Kilda at MCG
Last MFC Game: Round 17, 1983 against Sydney at SCG
Number: 50 (1979), 33 (1980-1983)
Victorian state player - 1980
Under 17s Best and Fairest - 1977
Games: 66 (137 total)
Goals: 92 (171 total)
"Trout" Elshaug worked his way through the Fourths in 1977, Under 19s and Reserves to make his debut as a rover aged 19-years-old. He played for Victoria in his second season and was with the Demons for four years before walking out at the end of his contract. The club had already floated swapping him to Collingwood for a player midway through 1982.
At the end of 1983 he declared that he was disenchanted at Melbourne and wanted to move clubs. I've felt that my career is heading nowhere and I feel I can do a lot better he told The Age in November that year. He had seen his season ended by a knee injury and looked to move elsewhere where he could contend for a premiership.
Elshaug was sold to Essendon alongside Michael Young in 1984 and he played in their 1985 premiership team amongst 65 games before injuring his knee in a Reserves game late in the 1987 season. He was swapped to Collingwood midway through 1989, not playing until late in the season as he recovered from the injury before being delisted in the lead up to the 1989 season.
St Kilda drafted his in the 1989 Pre-Season draft but was still recovering from the knee injury and retired two weeks after being selected. He instead moved to the VFA with Dandenong where he captain/coached the Redlegs to the 1991 premiership.
In 1992 he was a regional manager for the Eastern Ranges Under 18s side, before joining North Melbourne as a full-time development coach in 1993. He was then promoted to assistant under Denis Pagan in 1994 and remained in the job until 2002. He followed Pagan to Carlton and was an assistant there until 2006 before joining St Kilda where remained until midway through the 2010 season. He returned to the Saints as a recruiting manager in 2011.
Elshaug represented Melbourne in the 1980 and 1981 Grand Final Sprint, finishing third in 1981. In 1980 he played for Victoria in an exhibition game against Rest of Australia.
Grand Final Sprint
Premiership players at other clubs
Canberra Times - 01/07/1980
Inside Football - 17/07/1980
Age - 13/09/1980
Age - 20/05/1982
Age - 04/11/1983
Inside Football - 08/03/1984
Age - 12/08/1987
Age - 16/03/1989
Age - 01/04/1989
Collingwood Forever profile
Essendon FC profile