Many AFL coaches believe it may be the end of the second ruckman; a place that Minson was struggling to get to this season as he beckoned for opportunities behind Ben Hudson and the emerging Jordan Roughead.
He is now the third string to the ruck attack and requires a new string to his bow.
He said that he has worked harder this pre-season to become fitter and more versatile.
“I’d had a pretty disastrous year and I needed to get away,” Minson said.
“Quite often people have a two-week holiday and it’s tremendous and they come home and wish they were still on holidays. I reckon that’s a really negative thing.
“I took an eight-week holiday and was ready to come home.
“Last year taught me the value of a good pre-season. It was the first one I’d missed in my entire career, and you can’t just get out there and make it happen. You have to have the tickets in the bank.
“My pre-season prior to Christmas was terrific and I haven’t missed a session,” he told the AFL website.
Minson spent a large portion of last season in the VFL playing for Williamstown; a place he said he hadn’t mixed it largely with before. Minson’s longest stint in the VFL was playing with the Bulldogs former affiliate Werribee.
It appears he will have plenty of time to be learning the Seagulls theme song unless Hudson or Roughead fall over.