FARMER Tyler Mungean can't think of anything he'd rather be doing.
The Allansford footballer, in his first season at the Warrnambool and District league club, works on his family's property at Timboon.
Mungean, 24, has followed in his family's footsteps.
"My grandfather and grandmother (Ken and Jenny Ackerley) are on it and they own most of the farm," he said at Cats' training on Thursday night.
"My mum and dad (Rachel and Jason Mungean) run most of the farm and I am just there as the extra hands.
"It is pretty hectic at times. We're calving at the moment and it's a nightmare at times to get to training.
"But I always did it (farming) through school and it's just a dream of mine to eventually take over or get myself one.
"It is in my blood to be on the farm, I can't think of anything I'd want to do."
Mungean, a former Camperdown player, said he relished the freedom being a farmer provided.
"Especially with the (COVID-19) pandemic, you don't have to worry about any of that stuff being out at the farm and it's free living - you're open, on your own. It's something I like," he said.
"On the farm you have time to get away by yourself if you need to. It's good just to relax and kick back and take a chill pill on football and the pressure from that."
Mungean, who milks before games, has had an interrupted start to the 2021 season.
He suffered a serious concussion and was hospitalised in April after a heavy hit against Nirranda.
The half-back flanker missed the next two games as he recovered and then returned for three matches before a statewide coronavirus lockdown put a halt to the season.
The Cats will return to the field against South Rovers on Saturday. Mungean said he took concussion seriously.
"It happened a couple of times in the past. I knew how to monitor it a fair bit and just got a couple more doctors' advice," he said.
"I have a cyst on my brain as well so that is the reason I wear the helmet.
"I found it when I was 18. I just have to live with it and just get it checked out all the time. I don't have any problems with that."
Mungean, who plays alongside brother Zavier, said he took time to regain his confidence in his comeback game against Old Collegians.
"The first game took me a couple of quarters to adjust but after that I was right," he said.
"I struggled the first half of the game and a couple of the senior boys just came over to me and said 'just relax a little bit'. After that happened I was right and have been right since."
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