Tumbling down ... Taylor Adams (left), who will continue to play with the Giants, will excercise all his legal rights against an assault charge. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
Greater Western Sydney teenager Taylor Adams has been selected for his AFL debut only days after learning he had been charged by police following investigations into a fight in a Geelong bar in January.
Adams, 18, informed the Giants at the time he was helping police with inquiries, and this week told the club he had been charged with assault.
''Taylor has indicated to the club that he will exercise all his legal rights,'' Giants chief executive David Matthews said. ''As it is now a legal matter and will go before the courts, the club has no further comment at this time.''
Regardless of the charges, Adams - who the Giants picked at 13 in last year's national draft - will play against the Western Bulldogs in Canberra tomorrow as one of five changes coach Kevin Sheedy has made to the side beaten by Adelaide by 46 points last weekend.
Also playing his first GWS game is former Bulldog Sam Reid, with Stephen Coniglio, Jeremy Cameron and Toby Greene returning from injury or illness. Rhys Palmer, Tim Mohr and Dean Brogan will miss the match through injury, while Anthony Miles and Adam Kennedy have been omitted.
Across town, the Swans will be without ruckman Shane Mumford for up to a month after an infection in his back failed to respond to antibiotics. Mumford missed last weekend's clash with North Melbourne with soreness in his back, and further investigation revealed he had contracted an infection after a cortisone injection. Initially it was hoped antibiotics would remedy the problem, but late yesterday the club announced Mumford had undergone minor surgery to remove the infection area.
''He is recovering well and we expect him to resume training in around seven days, with a view to have him available for selection in the next three to four weeks,'' Swans general manager of football Dean Moore said.
Mumford had been ruled out of Sunday's clash with Hawthorn, and ruck duties have been handed to Mark Seaby, who has performed well when replacing Mumford twice this season. Adam Goodes returns from suspension, Nick Smith and Lewis Roberts-Thomson return from injury, and former Saint Tommy Walsh has been added.