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AFL: GWS Giants star Shane Mumford announces retirement

Four years after he initially hung the boots up, GWS Giants star Shane Mumford has confirmed the 2021 season was officially his last in the AFL.

The veteran ruckman previously retired from the AFL in 2017 but, after a year off as a ruck coach at the Giants, made a comeback at the elite level.

He went on to play a further three seasons at the Giants and was named in the club’s first grand final team in 2019.

AFL Grand Final - Giants v Richmond
Camera IconMumford (left) played in the 2019 grand final loss to Richmond. Phil Hillyard Credit: News Corp Australia

Prior to his time in Sydney’s west, Mumford played for Geelong and Sydney, with whom he won the 2012 premiership, and retires with 216 senior appearances to his name.

After the Giants’ semi-final loss to Geelong this year, coach Leon Cameron admitted it was unlikely the 35-year-old would take the field in 2022, saying he was “banged up and (could) hardly move”. Mumford made it official on Friday.

“My time on the football field has come to an end for now,” Mumford said.

“I’m incredibly proud of all that I’ve achieved across my career in the game including winning the ultimate, a premiership, in 2012.”

Mumford will reprise his role as a ruck coach at the Giants from 2022 and will also work with the club’s Academy, partners and coterie groups.

“I’m looking forward to remaining at the club and continuing to coach and mentor our promising ruck division,” he said.

Giants general manager of football Jason McCartney paid tribute to Mumford and his 13-year career.

“Over 200 AFL games in the physical manner and the position in which Shane played is a wonderful achievement,” McCartney said

“He arrived at our club in just our third season, and he has had a monumental impact on our club.

“Our young rucks have already learned so much from Shane and they’ll continue to flourish under his tutelage in future seasons.”

Ahead of the 2022 season, the Giants are also parting ways with forward Jeremy Finlayson, who was picked up by Port Adelaide in the trade period.

The club has delisted Nicholas Shipley, Tom Hutchesson, Sam J. Reid and Matt Buntine as well.

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