Fresh start: Heath Shaw and the Magpies have agreed that he can leave if a suitable deal can be arranged.

Fresh start: Heath Shaw and the Magpies have agreed that he can leave if a suitable deal can be arranged. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Like his brother before him, Heath Shaw appears likely to finish his career away from the club that is intrinsically linked to his family's name.

Shaw and Collingwood have agreed that the premiership defender, who is contracted for another two years with the Magpies, will look for a fresh start at another club next year.

Shaw has not quit the club, nor has he been sacked, but both player and club have agreed that if he finds a club he wants to move to - and with which Collingwood can negotiate an agreeable trade - then Shaw would go.

Nathan Buckley and the Magpies have taken an assertive stance on older players since their disappointing end to the season.

They lost their elimination final to Port Adelaide and finished eighth.

Greater Western Sydney is a potential new home for Shaw, with the running defender fitting the profile of the type of player the Giants are after.

Paul Roos has long been an advocate of the Shaws so Heath could provide the Demons with some class.

Clubs likely to be in contention next year, such as Geelong and Hawthorn, are also likely to be interested.

Those such as the Western Bulldogs and St Kilda would be doubtful destinations because of the state of their development, while Essendon would find a trade difficult because of its absence of tradeable draft picks.

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott worked with Shaw during his time at Collingwood and is understood to be interested.

Shaw, 27, reportedly would also be prepared to move to Perth or Adelaide.

The Giants have suitable trade bait for the Magpies. Youngster Taylor Adams is looking to move back to Victoria and Collingwood has been interested in the young midfielder. The Giants have sufficient draft picks to offer in a potential deal.

Sydney refused to comment, but with Jarrad McVeigh and Nick Malceski playing the rebounding defender-midfielder role of Shaw's brother Rhyce this season, and emerging players such as Dane Rampe and Shane Biggs developing into running backs, the appeal for the Swans is perhaps less than it would be for Shaw, who could reunite with his brother.

''Heath is a contracted player, but he has reached a point in his career where he has to weigh up where he wants to play out his final years and he is looking at other options for where that might be," Collingwood football manager Rodney Eade said.

Shaw's manager Ben Niall said Shaw recognised he needed to change and felt that a fresh start at a new club might make that change easier.

''We have met with Collingwood and discussed his future and we are absolutely open to a fresh start,'' Niall said. ''He has seen what his brother has done at Sydney and recognises the potential positive effect a fresh start can have on a career.

''He accepts the feedback he received from Collingwood and does not argue with it. He acknowledges that wherever he goes, he accepts he has to change and he will work on his behaviour and discipline.''

Shaw's close friend and premiership teammate Alan Didak was upset to be cut from the club despite wanting to play on.

Ruckman Darren Jolly and forward Andrew Krakouer were also delisted and are searching for new clubs, while restricted free agent Dale Thomas will likely wait until the free agents' window opens, when he can officially receive offers from rival clubs.

Thomas, who is expected to receive a significant offer from Carlton, can potentially put that offer to Collingwood, asking the Pies to match it, or else he would be free to leave to the Blues.

With Andrew Wu