Shelton Signs with Panthers
Morningside welcome the return of one of its former sons when midfielder Paul Shelton signed with the Panthers yesterday.
The former Panther junior star left Esplen Oval at the end of 2003 after being Rookie listed to Brisbane at pick 72. After 12 months on the Lions list he was then snapped up by Hawthorn at pick 64 in the Rookie Draft and spent the season playing for the Hawks feeder club Box Hill in the VFL.
The midfielder spent a season at Williamstown before transferring to the Coburg Tigers in 2006 as he worked hard to try and get on an AFL list.
It was with Coburg that he started to hit his straps as he established himself as a quality VFL player winning the Best & Fairest for the Tigers in 2007 and playing against Geelong in the VFL Grand Final.
Last season he was appointed captain of Coburg who is affiliated with AFL club Richmond.
In strong demand by Queensland and interstate clubs, Shelton decided to return home to the Sunshine state and sign with his former club. “My family and I have a lot of history at Morningside, I grew up running around Esplen Oval with my brothers and the Wilson boy’s, so I’m looking to come back and contribute what I’ve been able to learn from my time in the VFL”.
Morningside Coach John Blair said the club was delighted with the signing of Shelton. “Not every day a captain and a Best & Fairest of a VFL club can come through your front door. Better still he has history here. We think he will add plenty to our playing group and compliment our list for years to come. I liken it to David Lillico’s return from SANFL club Central Districts and we know the sort of player he is and what he has contributed to Queensland Football”.
The star midfielder (25) will link up with close friend Hayden Wilson who he has played plenty of junior football in the past.
“There are some good young kids on their list and some very well credentialed players at Morningside so I will be just looking to do my bit in what looks like will be an exciting competition, but I look forward to running out with “H” once again” said Shelton