David Mundy’s stellar career will continue for at least one more season with the Fremantle veteran signing on for 2021.
Drafted at pick no.19 in the 2003 National Draft, Mundy has played 332 games and heads into his 18th year at the club.
He sits just 18 games shy of 350, a milestone only reached by 17 other players in AFL/VFL history.
Mundy’s contract extension comes on the back of yet another excellent season where he finished fifth in the 2020 Doig Medal, his 10th top-five finish in the past 12 seasons.
It was more than enough to earn an extension for the 35-year-old, who was delighted to put pen to paper after contract talks were delayed while Fremantle waited for clarity on list sizes from the AFL.
“It’s a big relief. My wife and family and I are obviously thrilled to have some clarity around our future now. 2020 in general has been a time of more questions than answers, so it’s good to have it signed,” Mundy said.
Mundy said it was in his nature to be hungry to improve ahead of his 18th pre-season.
“I’ve always had a really healthy dose of competitiveness that gets me through,” Mundy said.
“I think in the last phase of my career, I’m still trying to improve on little aspects and trying to get better each session and each pre-season. There’s certainly a driving force within me still.
“To be able to go out on the field and perform the way that I did throughout 2020 gives me a lot of confidence and I really enjoy doing it.”
The race to 350 games may not be the only milestone on the radar of Fremantle fans in 2021, with the midfielder also closing in on Matthew Pavlich’s club record of 353 games.
Mundy said the milestones were not the ‘motivating factor’ for playing on, instead wanting to see Fremantle return to success on the field.
“I’m just here to perform, play my role within the team and do my part to take Fremantle back to success and finals football,” Mundy said.
“The sky’s the limit and anything is possible within games and within seasons. There’s a lot of us who have been around a fair while and (we know) those benefits that we saw out of last season aren’t guaranteed.
“We’re going to have to fight and scrap for them and I’m fully confident we have a group that will.”
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Executive general manager of football Peter Bell said Mundy would continue to be a valuable resource for Fremantle’s younger players but added that performance alone was enough to justify a contract extension.
“We’re really pleased to announce that David Mundy will be playing on with us for season 2021,” Bell said.
“This process has been frustrating for the club and also for Dave as we were waiting for some clarity around list sizes. That’s been the major obstacle to announcing this earlier.
“His performance demanded (a new contract). In addition to that, Dave’s been a great mentor for all of our players and particularly the young midfielders.
“He’s very generous with his time from a craft perspective, he gives a lot of himself to teach some of the young players and older players that we have in the midfield. For those reasons, we’re absolutely thrilled that he’ll be a part of our plans for next year.”