The thing about Shiel (and yes, I'll once again highlight that I wanted him at Hawthorn, and that Hawthorn wanted him at Hawthorn) is that he looks a lot better than he is.
The dude looks like an absolute weapon. He looks really really good - strong build, really quick. Burst out of packs and looks a million bucks - and now he's being paid a million bucks.
But he was behind Ward, Kelly, Cognilio in that midfield at GWS.
Like Tom Mitchell and Josh Kennedy before him, I think he'll rise with added responsibility - but I don't think he will be the saviour of their middle-of-the-road midfield. he'll improve it, no doubt, but don't think he is good enough to launch them into top 4 contention.
I dont think he's exactly like the others. He really is quick in legspeed and in reflexes. He does the inside grunt work well but people tend to remember the flashy things. I dont agree he was necessarily behind Ward, Cogniglio and Kelly. You could make a case though. Ward has probably been our MVP over the last 7 years.
That misconception stems from his 2015 breakout year I think. In a developing team he was licenced to shake and bake the man on the mark and weave through traffic in the corridor orgainising the orange tsunami. To me that gameplan is very risky and unsustainable sadly.
As we became more serious about contending you see a lot less of that from 2016.
The Bombers likewise were a real run and gun side the last couple of years. I think they'll also become more staid and defensive to win consistently.