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Peter Ryan  October 18, 2013 2:34 PM

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Shane Mumford has joined the Giants in exchange for pick No.35

THE SYDNEY Swans have secured pick No.35 from Greater Western Sydney in exchange for premiership ruckman Shane Mumford. 

Mumford declared his intention to join the Giants before the free agency and trade period started but it took until Friday for the deal to be finalised. 

Mumford started his career as a rookie at Geelong, where he played 21 games but missed selection in the 2009 premiership.

He then moved to the Swans after accepting a three-year, million-dollar offer from the club to move north. He was a very good player for the club, playing 79 games and being first ruck in the club's 2012 premiership, when he performed well despite entering the game under an injury cloud. 

He was also runner-up in the club's best and fairest in 2010. 

Despite his success at the Swans, Mumford accepted the Giants' offer, which was impossible for the Swans to match once Lance Franklin agreed to join the club via free agency. 

He is the first player the Giants have officially secured during the Gillette Trade Period, but they are still negotiating a deal to get Heath Shaw from Collingwood. 

Shaw has declared the Giants to be his preferred club but the club has shied away from doing a straight swap for Taylor Adams. 

Collingwood could potentially walk away from that deal and try to negotiate with Geelong, which has not shut down the idea of Shaw joining the Cats. 

The Giants now have picks No.1, 2, 19 and 20 after trading Dom Tyson for picks No.2, 20 and 72 on Friday morning. Melbourne received picks No.9, 53 and Tyson. 

The Sydney Swans have picks No.14, 31, 35 and are a chance to receive an early third-round pick in exchange for Tony Armstrong and Jesse White.