In late October, ruckman Shame Mumford announced his retirement, this time for good. Mumford, 35, retired at the end of 2017 due to a chronic foot issue and took up a role as ruck coach with GWS, where he had been playing. The foot problem was resolved and he came out of retirement in 2019. Mumford was drafted as a rookie by Geelong in 2007 and played 21 games for the Cats before being traded to Sydney at the end of 2009. He soon established himself as one of the most imposing ruckmen in the competition. He played 79 games with the Swans, including the 2012 premiership.
When the Swans acquired Lance Franklin on a multi-million dollar ten year deal, Mumford was squeezed out and was traded to GWS at the end of 2013. He played 72 games for the Giants before retiring for the first time. When he decided he wanted to play again, GWS added him as a rookie during the preseason supplemental selection period (SSP) in 2018. He played 20 games in 2019 but managed just four in 2020; but then played 14 in 2021 for a career tally of 216. He will resume his role as ruck coach with the Giants.
Football manager Jason McCartney said, "Over 200 AFL games in the physical manner and the position in which Shane played is a wonderful achievement. From the rookie list to 13 seasons at the elite level, including a premiership, Shane has achieved a lot in his career. He arrived at the GIANTS in just our third season, and he has had a monumental impact on our club. We’re pleased Shane, Eva, Ollie and Theo (Mumford's family) will remain part of the Giants family as Shane takes up a ruck coaching role with the club as well as working across the Academy and with the club’s partners and coterie groups. Our young rucks have already learned so much from Shane and they’ll continue to flourish under his tutelage in future seasons.”
Mumford said he was proud to call time after 13 AFL seasons, “My time on the football field has come to an end for now,. I’m incredibly proud of all that I’ve achieved ... including winning the ultimate, a premiership, in 2012. I’m looking forward to remaining at the club and continuing to coach and mentor our promising ruck division.”
As well as the 2012 premiership, Mumford won the Kevin Sheedy Medal as GWS best and fairest in 2014, was best and fairest runner-up at Sydney in 2010 and an All-Australian nominee in 2010.
Source: sportingnews.com.au, AFL Record Season Guides
Article last changed on Sunday, October 31, 2021 - 11:59 PM EDT