Like Shaw, Elshaug will report to Essendon’s long-time list and recruiting manager Adrian Dodoro, who has brought in a raft of sought-after seasoned players over the past two post-seasons, headlined by Devon Smith (traded in 2017) and Dylan Shiel (2018) from Greater Western Sydney.
Shaw coached Fitzroy from 1991 until the end of 1994, before crossing to the Crows for the ’95 and ’96 seasons.
Elshaug played in Essendon’s 1985 premiership side, having crossed to the Dons from Melbourne. He went on to briefly play at Collingwood before making his name as an assistant coach under Denis Pagan at North Melbourne. He finished up with the Saints after several years as the club’s head recruiter.
St Kilda revamped their recruiting structure last year, bringing in a new list manager in James Gallagher, who in effect replaced Elshaug but in a role that placed greater store in contracting and list strategy. Chris Liberatore is national recruiting manager for the Saints.