Giants take stock of hapless ruckman

GWS ruckman Braydon Preuss is looking to make up for lost time in 2022.

The 26-year-old missed all of 2021, his first season with the Giants, with a serious shoulder injury before the first round, followed by a torn pectoral muscle in an accident in the gymnasium last May.

Preuss, who joined GWS from Melbourne on a three-year contract at the end of 2020, has only played 18 games since making his AFL debut for North Melbourne in 2017.

Giants general manager of football Jason McCartney provided an update on Preuss and spoke about the opportunity that presented itself to the club’s ruck stocks following the retirement of Shane Mumford.

“He (Preuss) is fine,” McCartney said SEN mornings.

“He prepared really well with a great preseason last year, but unfortunately at the last hurdle he injured his shoulder and then he worked his way back and then had some complications .

“He had minor surgery at the end of the year and he’s ready and eager to go.

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“It’s a great opportunity because Shane Mumford has played such an important role for us since returning from retirement three years ago. The opportunity is there not only for Braydon, but we had some AFL exposure to Kieren Briggs and Matt Flynn last year.

“These three boys are really fighting for this opportunity to occupy this position and it is not decided yet.

“They’ll be horses for the lessons, whether it’s one ruckman or sometimes I could probably see us walk away with two.”

Preuss will look to assert his claims for the first round selection when GWS meets Collingwood in the AAMI Community Series at Giants Stadium on March 6.

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