Mumford looking for four-year deal27/07/2018 - Author: admin
Swans premiership ruckman Shane Mumford is out of contract, with negotiations yet to begin on what his management hopes could be a new four-year deal. He is sure to attract attention from several clubs if talks break down.
Melbourne’s Max Gawn is another ruckman seeking a new deal, with discussions also on hold.
Mumford’s current four-year deal, estimated to be worth between $250,000 and $300,000 a season, is about to expire.
His agent, Anthony McConville, of Mac’s Sports, and the Swans agreed over summer to wait until at least the mid-season break to open discussions.
Mumford, who will turn 27 in July, is one of the competition’s premier ruckmen, although he appears to have been hindered by injury this season.
He has played 64 matches for the Swans since leaving Geelong, after he was unable to dislodge Brad Ottens and Mark Blake during the 2009 finals campaign.
”He is 26. In a perfect world, I would like to look at four years, to be honest,” McConville said of imminent contract discussions.
”If it is three years, it’s three. If it’s two, it’s two. I haven’t had the conversation with them [Sydney].
”I will go to the table with an open mind. In saying that, we have a relative amount of expectation … We will see where it takes us.”
The lucrative deal the Swans offered four years ago raised some eyebrows, but both parties have prospered. Mumford was traded for pick 28, which the Cats used to secure Mitch Duncan.
”It was a good, fair deal considering the output they have got from a player over the last three and a bit years now,” McConville said.
”I am sure they [Swans] are happy with the result.”
Mumford has worked well alongside flourishing ruckman Mike Pyke, although just what the Swans do in terms of selection of their big men when Kurt Tippett is available after his league-imposed suspension is intriguing.
Former Swans premiership coach Paul Roos this week acknowledged the importance of stockpiling ruckmen, having watched Fremantle’s big men department decimated by injury.
”I would say there is always interest from clubs, especially with his quality,” McConville said.
”I would expect to have the conversation with the club around midyear. I wouldn’t imagine there would be too many issues going forward – hopefully not. But, I mean, we’ll see.
”There are a lot of things to take into consideration, obviously, when players are out of contract, both for the player and the club.
”It was always said from the start of this season that we won’t start talking until midyear. We are still a few weeks from that period. They were happy with that, I was happy with that.”
Mumford’s hitouts to advantage have dipped from 28 per cent last season to 21 per cent, but he still wins 52 per cent of all hitouts.
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