Even at 35-years-old, David Mundy has no desire to be rested for any game, however senior coach Justin Longmuir said the Club has been looking at ways to make sure the star midfielder can get through another full season.

Mundy is set to play his 350th game in round 19 against Sydney, and if he plays every game to finish the home and away season, he will break Matthew Pavlich’s record of 353 games for Fremantle in round 23 against St Kilda.

He has missed just three games in the past five seasons and Longmuir said it was important for Freo to manage the veteran’s time, especially with Freo approaching a game off a five-day break against Geelong on Thursday.

Mundy played 60 per cent game time against Hawthorn - enough time to collect 30 disposals and kick two goals - but it was his lowest game time for 2021. He has played more than 80 per cent game time on five occasions this season.

“It has crossed our minds (to rest Mundy or use him as a sub) but he is coming to me and saying he wants to play every week,” Longmuir said.

“He played 60 percent game time on the weekend (against Hawthorn) so we have managed to get him through that game without burning him out.

“We try to manage him in games. He starts off in a lot of quarters which limits his game time.

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'It's another opportunity to see how much we've progressed' | Justin Longmuir

JL chats to media ahead of Fremantle's Thursday night clash against the third placed Cat's.

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“He is going nicely. He is so professional, he recovers meticulously. He plans physically and mentally for each game and his output in each game is a by-product of that. And he does in week in week out.”

Longmuir said the contest would be crucial against Geelong after Fremantle were ‘taught a lesson’ in their previous meeting, a 32-point loss in round eight, 2020 at Optus Stadium.

“They're a really strong contested team, they bring good heat around the ball,” Longmuir said.

“They have big bodies that break tackles, so we need to get that right, and they've got a really strong back six that are able to repel opposition forward opportunities, so we need to use a ball well going forward.

“They play a really strong contested brand and they probably taught us a lesson in the contested side of game last year in the wet.

“It's a good opportunity to see how far we've come.”

The game will be celebrated as the Starlight Purple Haze Game, presented by South32 - where Fremantle will be raising money to help support seriously ill children and their families.

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