But his PL debut for the Potters against Bolton Wanderers in 2008 didn't quite go according to plan.
"I had a terrible game, I got dropped after it," he says. "I came off with a chipped tooth, a busted lip and I think I broke my nose as well. It was a tough game."
The 30-year-old made his 300th PL appearance against Swansea City at the start of this month and to mark his achievement, Shawcross received a Premier League Milestone Award.
Asked what advice he would give his younger self, Shawcross says: "Toughen up quick! It's a tough league. If you don't toughen up, you struggle."