The injury-plagued forward is set to perhaps give his body one last roll of the dice after succumbing to a number of injuries since being drafted by the Bombers in 2006.
Bombers development coach Hayden Skipworth said he has sympathy for Gumbleton, who has shown plenty of potential in his time at Windy Hill but has yet to deliver on his top 10 draft pick status.
“I feel for him. He’s had a bit of everything unfortunately. He’s one of the best blokes around the club and great character, obviously a highly talented junior. If his body can allow him to play the last half of the year, we’d be a much better team,” Skipworth said.
“Tall forwards don’t fall out of trees and they’re hard to come across. He’s an elite runner and he’s got great hands and once he’s up and going, I’m sure he’ll be pushing for selection straight away,” he said.
An in-form Gumbleton would only complement the Bombers dangerous forward line already consisting of Michael Hurley and Stewart Crameri.