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Ward ready to roll as AFL ruck if needed

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Ward ready to roll as AFL ruck if needed

GWS feeble Callan Ward is ready to serve as a pinch-hitting ruckman if required this AFL season as he seeks to soar assist after two harm-marred years.

A gruesome finger harm and knee challenge restricted Ward to seven games last year, when the Giants done 10th after starting 2020 as premiership favourites.

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It came after the prone co-captain’s knee reconstruction in 2019, which ensured the expansion club’s first mammoth closing was bittersweet.

The 30-year-feeble is desperate to make up for lost time, even if it manner serving as Shane Mumford or Matt Flynn’s understudy.

The Giants’ ruck depth now no longer too long ago took a success when prized recruit Braydon Preuss underwent a shoulder reconstruction.

Flynn rolled his ankle at training on Thursday nonetheless scans bask in cleared the teen of severe smash, which manner he stays heading within the unswerving route for a round-one debut.

Ward thought his days of looking out hitouts ended four years ago, when the AFL changed its ideas to ban ‘third man up’.

However the midfielder frolicked rucking in last Saturday’s preseason clash with Sydney – and can reprise the feature towards the identical opposition on Sunday.

“I didn’t know I was doing it till the week of the game. I thought about it rather, spoke to about a of the rucks,” Ward said.

“I didn’t undoubtedly know what I was doing, I was making an are attempting to flit it. If I manufacture it going forward, I traipse to positively bask in to practise.

“It was rather different. Or now no longer it is scrumptious if you happen to swap up your feature, you have different things.

“It truthful helps our ruckman, whoever it is, utilize more time on the bench. They are going to traipse tougher when enjoying.”

Coach Leon Cameron has previously asked forward Jeremy Finlayson to pinch hit within the ruck.

Cameron has told Ward nothing is decided in stone for the season devoted, nonetheless he ought to “be versatile, be ready”.

Ward is feeling fit as a fiddle, whereas fatherhood has sharpened his point of view.

“There’s rather more to life than truthful soccer. If you happen to bask in got rather one, you undoubtedly open to impress that,” he said, having now no longer too long ago neatly-known son Romeo’s first birthday.

“There is a smile on my face at any time when I’m with him.

“Optimistically I will be able to open to play some superb footy again, play more games … I’ve had a reasonably disappointing two years.

“I had about a injuries last year, didn’t play many games. My make was down pretty rather when I conducted.”

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Ward ready to roll as AFL ruck if needed