Mumford has faith in GWS starlets
Greater Western Sydney veteran Shane Mumford says the loss of Braydon Preuss is a huge blow but he has backed a couple of young guns to help fill the void.
Preuss was brought in from Melbourne during the Trade Period to give the GWS ruck a boost, only to pick a shoulder injury that will keep him out for months.
It means GWS are pretty much back to square one, but Mumford, who will play his 13th AFL season in 2021, says it is not all doom and gloom.
The 34-year-old says he is ready, willing and able to answer the call of coach Leon Cameron when he is needed, but he believes youth will save the day.
Academy products Matt Flynn and Kieren Briggs are itching for a chance and Mumford has every faith in the young duo.
"It's a massive loss for us. Extremely disappointing for Preussy to miss potentially half the season," Mumford said.
"But it gives Flynny and possibly Briggsy an opportunity to take that No.1 ruck spot, then Preussy has to fight for it when he gets back.
"I'm sure Leon will give me the call-up to play a game here and there.
"For me it's about handing the reins over to the younger guys and putting the club in a good position, ruck wise, for the next few years."
Mumford, who has penned another one-year deal, is there to lend a hand and is keen to do all he can, particularly on the training pitch.
"My aim is to get the best out of these young guys. The best way for me to do that is train with them," he added.
GWS are priced at 18/1 to win the Grand Final.
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