He’s one of the oldest rookie list recruits going around and Tendai Mzungu plans on giving the GWS Giants match committee yet another selection headache.
The Giants threw the former Fremantle midfielder an AFL lifeline after he was delisted by the Dockers following 102 games in six seasons.
During that time he played in nine finals, including a grand final, but made just five appearances in Freo’s miserable 2016 campaign.
Turning 31 next Monday, Mzungu hasn’t come east to settle for being a rookie-list player and a regular for the Giants reserves in the NEAFL.
He was among their best last weekend in his first hit-out for the club, a pre-season win over West Coast, where he tallied 22 touches.
However, Mzungu, not a stranger to deep rosters after vying for a spot with Fremantle guns Nat Fyfe, Michael Barlow and David Mundy in recent years, recognises it won’t be easy to earn a senior spot in a side considered competition favourites by many pundits.
‘It’s a competitive group of players and it’s going to be really tight for spots,” Mzungu told AAP.
“I want to create some headaches for Leon (Cameron) and the coaching committee.
“I’ve played a number of years on the wing and that’s a position that I’ve played the majority of my football at, but also halfback I’ve played a lot of footy.”
“I went forward on the weekend, so I like to think I can play a number of positions if needed.”
Mzungu, fellow former Docker Matt de Boer and ex Richmond star Brett Deledio have all moved across to the Giants, between them adding over 480 games of AFL experience.
“You try and bring as much experience where you can, but from what I’ve seen the group is moving in the right direction and we haven’t had to do too much,” he said.
De Boer and he are good friends and Mzungu believes it made th cross-country move easier.
“Our partners as well are very good friends and for them settling in, it makes it a lot easier for us as well,” he said.
De Boer who like Mzungu played just a handful of senior games last season, will be sidelined for four to six weeks after suffering a hamstring injury at training on Monday.