Full name: Shaun John McManus
Date of birth: 9 February 1976
Height: 1.81 m
Weight: 81 Kg
Playing position: Midfielder
Original team(s): East Fremantle (WAFL)
Shaun John McManus (born 9 February 1976) is a former Australian rules footballer. He is one of the most popular players to ever represent the Fremantle Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) and is often seen as an icon or favourite son of the club. He has been described as the AFL's uphill skiing champion due to his courage, persistence and resilience in overcoming two knee reconstructions.
He was the co-captain of Fremantle in 2000 and 2001, the second player to reach 200 games with the club and his 228 games was the second most games played for Fremantle behind Shane Parker at the time of his retirement. Following the retirement of Peter Bell during the 2008 season, McManus became the last remaining player from Fremantle's inaugural squad to still be playing in the AFL.
McManus was a highly rated junior player who won the Larke Medal as the best player at the 1993 National Under 17 AFL Youth Championships. He represented Western Australia, alongside future teammates Peter Bell, Jeff Farmer and Troy Cook. He then won a premiership with East Fremantle in the WAFL in 1994, before being selected by Fremantle into their initial squad as a pre-draft selection prior to the 1994 AFL Draft.
McManus made his debut in Round 5 of 1995 and played all 18 remaining games for the year. He continued his good form into 1996 and despite missing 6 games with ankle injuries finished 10th in the Fremantle Best and Fairest award.
After two years of inactivity cause knee injuries and two full reconstructions he returned in 1999 and played all but five games over the next six seasons showing his power and his leadership qualities. After other good seasons MaManus announced that his final game of AFL football would be in the Round 18 Western Derby at Subiaco Oval on Agoust 2008 against the West Coast Eagles, in which the Dockers won by 33 points. McManus received many tributes before and after the match and celebrated the closure of his career with a lap of honour around the oval before he was chaired from the ground by Matthew Pavlich and Ryan Crowley through an honour guard of past and present Fremantle players.
Larke Medal 1993
East Fremantle premiership side 1994
AFL Rising Star nominee 1995
Fremantle co-captain 2000-2001
35 career Brownlow votes
WA State of Origin selection 1995