Demons boost leadership with signature of Byrnes
DUAL GEELONG premiership player Shannon Byrnes will seek to revive his career at Melbourne after officially joining the club on a two-year contract.
Byrnes was an unrestricted free agent, which enabled him to switch to the Demons without any impediment, although irrespective of that he was moved with the Cats' blessing.
While Byrnes, 28, has played 108 senior games, only nine of those have come in the past two seasons as the likes of Mathew Stokes, Allen Christensen and Steven Motlop were preferred to him.
Melbourne's general manager of list management, Tim Harrington, said Byrnes' talent — he will add pace to the sluggish Demons — was complemented by his solid character.
"It's wonderful to add, not only a player, but a person of the calibre of Shannon to the Melbourne Football Club," Harrington said in a statement.
"He comes from a club that's had a lot of success, particularly finals success over a long period of time, and he's exactly the type of player who can assist our own playing group.
"We see Shannon fulfilling a specific on field role and pleasingly he was keen to come to the Melbourne Football Club. We believe he comes here for the right reasons.
"He's not only a quality AFL player in his own right, but he's a player who can help many players on our list realise their own potential."
Despite his lack of senior exposure in the past two years Byrnes is already set to rank number seven in terms of games played, and will rise if Jared Rivers chooses to leave the club — possibly joining Byrnes' former club, Geelong.