David Mundy has committed to a 19th year at Fremantle with the star midfielder signing on for the 2022 season.
Mundy confirmed the news in the latest episode of his podcast Old Bull, Young Buck with co-host Griffin Logue.
The announcement comes with Mundy in the midst of one of his career-best seasons. His 25.1 disposal average trails only his 2015 season, where he finished eighth in the Brownlow Medal.
On 60 votes after 18 rounds, Mundy is currently eighth in the AFLCA coaches’ votes and is the highest-ranked Fremantle player.
Mundy, who turned 36 on Tuesday, said it was important to feel that he was still contributing as a player.
“I’m stoked we could get something done. I’m thrilled that I’m still playing well enough that the club wants me to be honest,” Mundy said.
“I’m still loving what I’m doing here and playing with the guys. I’m absolutely thrilled to be ticking off another year.”
Mundy will reach the 350-game milestone on Sunday when Fremantle take on Sydney at Metricon Stadium and the 2010 Doig Medallist said he never took any game for granted.
“I’ll turn on the corny cheesy lines for just two seconds, but I’ve lived my dream 349 times,” Mundy said.
“As a little boy coming through, I dreamed about playing AFL in my front yard. I’ve done that 349 times, so I feel very fortunate.
“It’s an incredibly long time but it goes really quickly. Even within seasons, it goes quick. We’ve got five games to go in our regular season here and it feels like the blink of an eye.”
Executive general manager of football Peter Bell made a guest appearance on the podcast to congratulate Mundy and said the Club has stopped taking age into consideration when it came to setting expectations on one of Fremantle’s greatest players.
“Dave will be playing on in 2022, at the ripe old age of 37, although we've thrown the birth certificate out the window, and it's well deserved,” Bell said.
“What we love most about Dave, is that he's like another coach for us and the investment that he puts into his teammates and the club as well as he's on field performance, means that we're thrilled to have him for at least another year.”