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Stevie J's chatter key for Giants

AAP logoAAP 7/09/2016 Adrian Warren

GWS Giants players prize Steve Johnson's chatter almost as much as his AFL finals experience going into Saturday's derby clash with Sydney.

Ruckman Shane Mumford knows veteran Johnson better than most of them as the pair were also teammates at Geelong in 2008-09.

They are among just six Giants players who have played finals ahead of the qualifying final against the top-ranked Swans at ANZ Stadium.

And Mumford expects triple premiership-winner Johnson's influence on the team's finals novices to be enormous.

"He's going to be massive for us, not only the way he plays his football, but his leadership out there on the field," said Mumford.

"The way he talks to everyone on our team, he doesn't want to shut up, so he's going to be great for us."

Johnson's haul of 43 goals this year is his biggest since 2011.

The 33-year-old forward is playing his 15th season of senior football and his 2016 efforts have vindicated his decision to play on after being cut by Geelong last year.

Asked if he was amazed the 274-game Johnson was still playing so well, Mumford quipped "Benjamin Button?"

"He is like a fine wine. He just gets better with age, doesn't he.

Mumford will play his 150th AFL game this weekend and his 50th for GWS.

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