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I let AFL Magpies down, Shaw says

Greg Buckle 25/08/2011 11:26:20 PM Comments (0)

Suspended Collingwood defender Heath Shaw says he's desperate to get back on the field and help the Magpies win consecutive AFL premierships.

The pacy half-back flanker says he feels remorseful for his "stupid" involvement in a football betting scandal which cost him an eight-week ban.

But the 25-year-old bad boy said he couldn't guarantee he'd avoid testing the club's patience a third time.

Three years ago, Shaw and team-mate Alan Didak were banned for the rest of the season after they lied to the club about their roles in a drink-driving incident.

"I can't say that I'm not going to because you never know what happens," Shaw told Nine's The Footy Show on Thursday night.

"I put myself in those situations.

"Hopefully I've learnt from that and I don't put myself in those situations again.

"I don't know if I owe them (fans) but I've definitely let them down and I've let myself down as well.

"It's definitely a driving force, coming back.

"I want to play, I want to perform. I want to contribute to the team and I want to hopefully win a premiership at the end of the year, hopefully showing that I am remorseful for what I did.

"It was stupid but we've moved on, I've moved on and hopefully everyone sees it."

Shaw will be eligible to play in Collingwood's finals campaign but will miss Friday's game against Fremantle and next week's round-24 clash with Geelong as he completes his ban.

Shaw has returned to Melbourne at 82 kilograms after shedding 5kg during a two-week altitude camp in Arizona.

"I'm confident I can come back into the team and play my role and I'm fit enough too," he said.

"It will be hard. But I won't be sorry if someone misses out for me playing in that final because I'm definitely ready to go and I want to play that first final."

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