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Giants provide update on luckless 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 at the Giants, due to a serious shoulder injury before Round 1 followed by a torn pectoral muscle in a gym accident last May.

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

Giants GM of Football Jason McCartney provided an update on Preuss and spoke about the opportunity that has been presented to the club’s ruck stocks following the retirement of Shane Mumford.

“He (Preuss) is going well,” McCartney told SEN Mornings.

“He set himself up really well with a great pre-season 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 some minor surgery at the end of the year and he’s ready and raring to go.

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

“Those three boys are really fighting for that opportunity to take that position and it’s yet to be decided.

“It’ll be horses for courses whether it will be just one ruckman or at times I could probably see us going with two.”

Preuss will look to press his claims for Round 1 selection when GWS meet Collingwood in the AAMI Community Series at Giants Stadium on March 6.

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