Jon Patton is glad the Giants didn't recruit Lance Franklin. Photo: Joosep Martinson
Top draft pick Jonathon Patton says it's better Greater Western Sydney recruited former Sydney ruckman Shane Mumford and Collingwood defender Heath Shaw than splash all its cash on Lance Franklin.
And the Giants forward admits he'll have a ''few nerves'' when he returns to Canberra's Manuka Oval, the ground where he busted his knee last season.
The Swans are set to decide on Tuesday whether Franklin will play against GWS in the NAB Challenge on Thursday night.
The Swans gazumped the Giants to land Franklin on a $10-million, nine-year deal, but Patton said it was better for the young club to pick up Mumford instead. ''I'm not disappointed that he's not at the club,'' Patton said.
''I think it's a better result that we've got some players like Shane Mumford, Heath Shaw, rather than just getting 'Buddy', as good a player as he is.
''I think Jeremy [Cameron] is also a pretty good player and we've got Tommy [Boyd] as well, so I don't think it's a disappointment to anyone.''
Patton tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the Giants' round-three loss to St Kilda at Manuka last year. Thursday will be his first official game back for the Giants and his first game back in the nation's capital.
He admitted he didn't have the ''best memories'' of Canberra after his knee buckled in the second quarter.
Patton has sought advice from former teammate, Setanta O'hAilpin, who made a stunning five-goal return from a similar injury at Canberra last year.
''It might be a little bit weird going back to that ground, but I'm looking forward to it,'' Patton said.
''I'm still very close to Setanta, we see each other fairly regularly and I go to him when I need some advice about it all.
''[He said] just to go out there and forget about it all.
''His first game back last year he kicked about five goals, he just said not to worry about it and let it play out. Five goals [for myself] wouldn't be bad, but I think Setsy's one of a kind.''
Patton hoped the Swans brought their star-studded forward line to Canberra for two reasons - to put on a show for the ACT and also for the young Giants forwards to have something to measure themselves against.
''[The Sydney forward line] is something that we definitely want to live up to,'' he said.
''I think us being a bit younger, we're all very excited just to be out there with those players.
''Every time we play anyone we really want to prove ourselves, especially against them.
''We're not going to use the 'we're younger' excuse, we're going to go out there and make a big impact.''