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Mumford injured before grand final
Shane Mumford attempts to mark infront of Josh Gibson. Pic: Getty Images

Sydney ruckman Shane Mumford had a nerve-wracking buildup to the AFL grand final, confirming he hurt a hamstring at Thursday training.

Mumford managed to play until early in the last quarter on Saturday, when he was subbed off.

He watched from the bench as the Swans came from behind to win their fifth premiership by 10 points.

"At one point, on the Thursday when I first felt it, I didn't think I was any chance," he said.

"But because it settled down so quick, I was able to get myself out there and have a bit of an influence.

"I knew it was there the whole time - it never really got to the point where it was seriously (bothering) me, but I'm just so happy.

"I didn't make the call (on being subbed out) ... I hadn't had a great game."

With Mumford in some trouble, fellow ruckman Mike Pyke played the game of his life to have a pivotal role in the win.

"He was outstanding, Pykey, he's been getting better and better, week by week," Mumford said.

"When I couldn't play on, he just stepped right up - fantastic for him."

Mumford's head was spinning post-match as the enormity of what he had achieved started hitting him.

Only five years ago, he was playing for his Victorian town Bunyip and part of the deal with the football club was that he could eat as many sausages he wanted post-match.

Mumford could famously eat more than 20 in a sitting.

He could also play and eventually caught the attention of nearby AFL club Geelong.

After the Cats recruited him in the 2008 rookie draft, Mumford ditched the snags and lost 20kg.

He played 21 games for the Cats, but lost his place in the side late in the 2009 season before they won the premiership.

Sydney offered a three-year, million-dollar deal and he moved north in 2010.

"I'm thankful for Geelong to give me the opportunity to start with, but I certainly love it up (in Sydney) with the group of guys we have and how close we are," he said.

"To win the premiership today, it's absolutely outstanding.

"I have no regrets at all - even before we'd won today, no regrets."

Bunyip was well-represented at the AFL grand final - Mumford somehow managed to source 15 tickets for various relatives and friends.

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