Recruited as a 23 year old, Shane McAdam found his way onto the Adelaide Crows list as a mature age pre-draft selection in the 2018 National Draft. The medium sized forward hails from Halls Creek, a remote town in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. He spent some time in the WAFL but, when overlooked in drafts, returned home to Halls Creek.
McAdam relocated to Adelaide in 2017 and played Amateur League football for a year, before being picked up by Sturt for the 2018 season. His vertical leap, marks and ability to kick goals were undeniable, but the increase in his forward line pressure and the defensive side of the game helped make him a more rounded player, and earned him his chance in the AFL.