FIT MUMFORD CAN WIN GIANT FLAG
Greater Western Sydney ruckman Shane Mumford has seen his pre-season preparations hampered by a hamstring injury sustained prior to Christmas.
The Giants expect that if fit Mumford will feature in the early stages of the new season and is a key player for GWS as a flag contender.
Mumford has played 172 games for Geelong, Sydney and the GWS Giants over 10 seasons - and won a premiership with the Swans in 2012. He’s one of AFL’s most imposing ruckmen.
Mumford returned to GWS in December, signing for the club as a rookie just a year after he retired from the game due to a series of debilitating injury problems at the end of 2017.
He was suspended for two games after a video showed him snorting a white powder prior to his AFL comeback.
Before the video surfaced Mumford suffered a low-grade hamstring strain that he has recovered from while on a modified program.
The 32-year-old’s suspension means he will miss the Giants’ opening round clash with Essendon at the SCG.
Mumford has played 172 career games. He was the Giants’ 2014 best and fairest winner, and assisted as the club’s ruck coach throughout the 2018 season.
His return will aid the Giants who are depleted with ruck stocks after Rory Lobb returned to Western Australia to join Fremantle.
Mumford’s mind is totally focused on a big impact comeback.
He’s been a VIP (very important part) Giant as both a player and a coach.