Emotional Giants ruckman announces retirement

Veteran Giants star Shane Mumford takes part in a training session.
Veteran Giants star Shane Mumford takes part in a training session. PAUL MILLER

AFL: An emotional Shane Mumford has confirmed his AFL retirement and says he will transition straight into a ruck coaching role at the GWS Giants.

Mumford fronted a press conference in Sydney on Friday with his family by his side and announced his body could no longer tolerate the physical punishment he had experienced in his 10-year career.

A shattered foot suffered in the semi-final loss against Adelaide sealed Mumford's fate, but there were ankle and knee complications as well.

Mumford said his prime motivation for hanging up the boots was a desire to run around with his son Olly in retirement.

"After 10 years of playing at the highest level, the physical way I play has taken its toll on my body and I feel I can't offer as much as I used to on the field," he said.

"So I've had to make the difficult decision of hanging up the boots.

"It's a bit of a sad day for me, but it's obviously something I've had to do and I guess I'm grateful I was able to play at the highest level for 10 years.

"Who would have thought the fat kid from Bunyip would have been able to last this long?"

Mumford was a premiership winner with the Sydney Swans and in his 172-game career was consistently one of the best and toughest ruckmen in the competition.

In the end, it was the 31-year-old's relentless playing style that caught up with him.

"I think I've injured just about every part of my body throughout my career but I think the foot was the turning point," he said.

"I'd much rather finish while I was still playing some good football."

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