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‘Fremantle’s helped me become the best person I can be’

Overwhelming support for milestone - Mundy David Mundy has been overwhelmed by the support ahead

As David Mundy approaches his 300th game, the elite midfielder has reflected on why he chose to settle in WA.

In his 16th year at Fremantle, the 33-year-old has spent almost half of his life at the club. 

On Saturday night at Optus Stadium against the Western Bulldogs, Mundy will join Matthew Pavlich as the second AFL player from Fremantle and only the second player based in WA to reach the 300-game milestone. 

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Both Mundy and Pavlich settled in WA after growing up interstate and Mundy explained why he has been so happy with the move.

“I have a very understanding wife. She looks after our crazy children quite a lot and that certainly helps,” Mundy said. 

“I’ve also always found Fremantle to be an environment where I could get the best out of myself.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here. They’ve put a lot of time into me and my development and created an environment where we can all feel an equal part of it. It’s a place where we can be comfortable to express ourselves and try and get the best out of ourselves.

“Throughout my journey, I’ve always thought that Fremantle, deep down, it was always the best place for me to play my best football and become the best person that I can be. I hope that I’ve repaid that on my end.” 

Mundy said a number of people have influenced his career at the club, from past players to team doctor Ken Withers and physiotherapist Jeff Boyle.

Both Withers and Boyle have been at the club for every year of its 25-year history.

“It obviously begins with my family, my Mum and Dad especially, driving me all over country Victoria through my teenage years to go to games and carnivals and things like that,” Mundy said.

“In my time at Fremantle, guys like Peter Bell, Troy Cook, Shaun McManus, the Carr brothers (Josh and Matthew) in the early days, moving through to Aaron Sandilands and Matthew Pavlich.

“I’ve also been very lucky to have Ken Withers and Jeff Boyle with me here in my entire time, looking after my body and making sure that I can continue to play.

“There’s a lot of motivation and influences outside of what we see on game day and I’m certainly going to miss thanking a lot of people but hopefully, those people know who they are and know that I really value their contribution.”

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs