GWS youngster makes bizarre AFL debut

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It has to go down as one of the more bizarre AFL debuts in the league's history.

GWS's medical substitute Callum Brown was kitted out and warming up in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 64-point loss to Brisbane at the Gabba, ready to take the field after Giants' ruckman Shane Mumford appeared to have suffered a hamstring injury.

Moments later however Brown returned to the bench with Mumford back on the field, meaning the 20-year-old Irish recruit is now technically an AFL player, even though his first match involved zero game time.

Giants coach Leon Cameron said Brown was all set to be subbed into the game before it was discovered Mumford's issue was nothing more than a cut.

"Mummy was worried about a hamstring," Cameron said.

"Further investigation showed someone had stood on Mummy's hamstring and there was some blood in his bike shorts, so it wasn't a hamstring and was more of a cut and he was a bit disturbed by that.

"The integrity of 23rd man came into play there. We could have quite easily taken Shane off and said he had a hamstring ... in one way it was disappointing he didn't get a run the young fella, but equally the 23rd man rule is there."

Cameron admitted the whole situation was unfortunate for Brown, whose parents were watching the game in the early hours of the morning back in Ireland.

"It's a hard one," he said.

"He could have quite easily played ... there was a little doubt on Jack Buckley coming into the game with his ankle.

"Just in case Jack got through three quarters of the game and his ankle was no good, we had that backup.

"It's unfortunate, but it'll make him hungry."

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