Mundy puts contract talks on hold
Fremantle midfielder David Mundy will wait until the end of the year before opening contract negotiations with the port club.
The 24-year-old has been a standout performer for the Dockers this year and delivered another stellar display in the engine room during their comfortable win over North Melbourne yesterday.
The near best-on-ground performance will raise his profile even further, with the new Gold Coast franchise hovering as a potential rival to Fremantle for Mundy’s signature.
But Mundy said he had not been approached by the AFL’s 17th club, which enters the competition next season, and was unaware of any contact made between them and his management.
When asked if he would like to stay at Fremantle beyond this season, Mundy said: “Yeah, I’m not too sure. I’ll put that off and have a think about it at the end of the year and see where we go from there.
“We’re playing great football this year and hopefully we can get a few more wins on the board throughout the rest of the year.”
Mundy, who has played 118 games with Fremantle since being selected with pick No.19 in the 2003 national draft and has become one of club’s most important players this season, said he had not set a date to open negotiations with the club.
“I haven’t even thought about it,” he said. “I’m just really looking forward to playing good football this year and hopefully Fremantle want me.”
Mundy collected a game-high 31 disposals against North Melbourne, including seven during the third quarter when the Dockers blew the game open. He said the premiership quarter had been a focus for the side over the past few weeks after they had produced some flat openings to the second half earlier in the year.
“As a general rule, the start of our third quarters has been really slow this year,” Mundy said.
“It’s been a bit of a focus for the last couple of weeks to come out, especially in the first 10 minutes, and really be on the job and aggressive at the ball. I think we did that today.”
Mundy also praised former Essendon utility Kepler Bradley, who played arguably his best AFL game with 21 possessions and four goals against the Kangaroos.
“Kep, he’s a funny unit, his effort and his work rate are really great,” Mundy said.
“He may not look the polished footballer at times but he really gives it his all. He’s a fighter.”