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Shane Sweeney is a character who made his first appearance on 30th January 2017. The character and casting was announced on 9th January 2017. Shane is Prince McQueen and Hunter McQueen's father, as well as Goldie McQueen's former partner.
Shane comes to the village after being released from jail, and wants to reconcile with Goldie. Malaolu described Shane as a "wheeler-dealer" and "driven by money". He also said that Shane only "loves his family when it suits him." Prince and Hunter will be divided upon their father's return, with Prince welcoming him back, whereas Hunter is more wary and thinks that Shane is potentially scamming the family. Following a decision from Hollyoaks bosses, Shane was promoted to a regular character, but as Malaolu was unavailable, the role was recast to Michael Salami. Salami made his first appearance in the role on 9th May 2017. It was confirmed on 29th March 2018 that Salami would be departing the series, with his final scenes airing in the following day's episode.
Shane revealed to Joel Dexter that he knew about the drugs which Joel supplied to his aunt, Katy. After blackmailing Joel for a few weeks, Warren Fox became suspicious of Shane. Later, Shane and Sienna Blake faked a kidnapping in an attempt to hurt Warren. After the plan backfired, Shane fled Hollyoaks, once again leaving Goldie, Prince and Hunter behind. Shane held Joel and Cleo McQueen hostage at a beach. Darren Osborne came to the rescue and Joel and Shane had a fight, with the two warring men falling down a sand dune. Joel survived, but Shane went missing, presumed dead. It is later revealed that Shane hade a gun in September, after it was unearthed on the beach by Kathy Barnes.
In December 2017, Shane is revealed to be still alive, when he approaches Darren demanding £20,000. Shane's arrival disrupts the day of Luke Morgan and Mandy Richardson's engagement party, as Luke gets drawn into helping his Darren. Luke suggests to Darren that they should steal from the safe at The Loft and it's not long before they succeed in getting their hands on the cash. Unfortunately, just when they're waiting for a meeting with Shane, fearsome club boss Grace Black turns up and snatches the money straight back. Shane says that his bosses aren't going to be happy, and later that night, Luke is beaten up by a group of men after claiming to be "Darren Osborne".