When Will Brodie was first introduced to the Purple Army, it was when there were still crowd restrictions in place at Optus Stadium, yet the new Freo recruit was still amazed by the passion of the home fans.

In an interview on 96FM, David Mundy spoke about how Brodie couldn’t believe the atmosphere at Freo’s home games.

“Will Brodie has mentioned this a few times, but he played 20 odd games at Gold Coast, with not as many people there,” Mundy said.

“And after the game in the showers, [Brodie] was like ‘man, how good is that?’, ‘It’s so loud’, ‘Optus Stadium is insane’, ‘our fans are so noisy and passionate’… it blew his mind.”

“I remember saying to him, mate, if we go alright, it will get crazier than that!

“We play in the best stadium in Australia with some of the greatest fans. If we can pack it out and give Will those kind of experiences as much as we can, that will be great.”

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Mundy said the team were keeping their expectations in check but were enjoying seeing the excitement grow in the fan base as Freo surge to a 7-1 start to the season.

The next challenge is away to Gold Coast on Sunday, who took down the heavily favourite Sydney Swans at the SCG in round eight.

“It’s nice to be in a position to give our fans hope, after the last few years,” Mundy said.

“The year that we’ve had has been really promising and we have some really big challenges in the next month in front of us. We’re really confident that our system stacks up.”

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