Dual Essendon premiership player Paul Salmon has provided retired ruckman Shane Mumford some timely advice about making a potential AFL comeback.
Salmon announced his retirement in 2000 after five seasons at Hawthorn, before making a shock return with the Bombers two years later at the age of 37.
Reports have emerged that former Giant Mumford is considering a return, and Salmon has urged the 32-year-old to steel himself mentally to cope with rigours of AFL football after a year out of the game.
“The first thing to do is can you milk the cow anymore mentally?” Salmon told SEN Afternoons.
“Does he (Mumford) really want to attack this and do it properly? Because the process doesn’t take passengers.
“I’d say to Mummy to be patient with the process, although it’s only a four-month pre-season, don’t drive yourself too hard into the ground, you’ve got a lot of credits in the bank.
“But mentally, you’ve just got to get up every day and attack it and make sure that when you take the field that you
feel you can have an impact.
“Every player wants to have an impact and ruckman in particular. I mean Mummy is the quality of player that he would be coming back as an impact ruckman, not as a role-playing ruckman.
“I think that’s what he’s got to prepare for.”
Mumford, who played 172 AFL games, was part of Sydney’s 2012 premiership side, before moving to cross-town rivals GWS.
Listen to Paul Salmon’s chat on SEN Afternoons with Andy Maher in the player below