MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02: Heath Shaw of the Magpies leads teammate Dale Thomas during a Collingwood Magpies AFL training session held at Gosch's Paddock on July 2, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

Ex-Collingwood and GWS defender Heath Shaw has kick-started his own punting group.

Shaw confirmed the news via social media, officially launching 'Shaw Thing'. The former Collingwood and GWS defender detailed the reasons behind his motivation to start the group.

"I enjoy a bet, and I enjoy good banter," Shaw said.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 12: Heath Shaw of the Giants kicks during the round 12 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Sydney Swans at Spotless Stadium on June 12, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

"I've made some good connections in the racing industry so I generally get decent advice on which horses to look at."

The 35-year-old played 325 games over 17 years for the Magpies and Giants with the former rebounding defender also set up a betting profile on new bookie 'Dabble'.

"Dabble was a natural fit for Shaw Thing with their 'Copy Bet' feature," said Shaw.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Heath Shaw of the Giants kicks during the round 17 AFL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at The Gabba on July 17, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

"I've already got 700 followers."

Shaw has urged all punters to get on board Dabble and interact with him.

"So far, so good," Shaw continued.

"Dabble is a breath of fresh air when it comes to bookies.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23: Heath Shaw of the Giants embraces team mate Toby Greene of the Giants after winning the round eight AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Adelaide Crows at Spotless Stadium on May 23, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

"It has all the features of a traditional bookmaker but also allows the punter to copy bets directly and set up your own profile all in the one app."