Cumming in squad
Friday, 26th May, 2017
Broken Hill export Isaac Cumming has taken a step closer to his AFL debut after being named in an extended squad for Greater Western Sydney’s match against West Coast.
Cumming was one of five new faces named last night in the squad to travel to Perth for Sunday’s clash.
Others included Tim Mohr, Dawson Simpson, Harry Himmelberg and Matthew Kennedy, with the latter already given the nod as one of two replacements for injured forwards Steve Johnson (knee) and Rory Lobb (groin).
“Matthew Kennedy will come back into the team, it’s a great opportunity for him to play more AFL football,” Giants coach Leon Cameron told www.gwsgiants.com.au.
“Right now we feel as though all the guys we are bringing in are ready for AFL footy and it will be no different this week.”
Kennedy has been in fine form in the NEAFL, collecting 37 disposals and taking seven marks in the Giants Reserves one-point loss to Brisbane last Saturday.
The Giants will have to make one more change today, and if selected in the final team, 18-year-old Giants Academy product Cumming would make his AFL debut.
The former North Broken Hill footballer was selected with pick 20 of the 2016 NAB AFL Draft after the Giants matched a bid by the Sydney Swans.
Cumming has displayed strong form in the NEAFL in recent weeks, playing off half back and through the midfield.
Dawson Simpson would also be playing his first game for the Giants if selected, and more importantly play his first AFL game in 685 days.
The 206cm ruckman, who joined the GIANTS as a free agent in 2015, played the last of his 28 games at Geelong in round 15, 2015.
A Tim Mohr call up would see the popular clubman play his first game since round nine last year, while fellow defender Harry Himmelberg could be recalled for his third game of the year if selected.
Himmelberg was omitted after the Giants’ nail biting three-point win over Collingwood in round eight, and Cameron believes he’d be a ready replacement if called up.
“He’s definitely right in the mix, he was probably stiff to go out but it was more of a balance thing last week,” Cameron said.
“Whether we bring him forward or play him down back it’s still a bit up in the air.
“Dawson Simpson’s put up his hand, we’re considering playing two big rucks with Mumford and him.
“We’ll finalise that by the end of the day (today), but Dawson’s been in really good form and deserves to play AFL football again.”