Matthew Pavlich, Aaron Sandilands and David Mundy have been rewarded for excellent seasons by being named among the 40 players under consideration for All-Australian honours in 2010.

The Freo trio were all named in the squad, which will be finalised to 22 players on Monday 13 September in Melbourne and will reflect the best team balance as if to play a match.

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou said selection in the squad was recognition for a tremendous year and should be held in high esteem.

“All-Australian selection is a great honour also because of the quality of those players you have competed against to win your spot,” he said.

“The selectors nominated the 40-best players of the year to highlight the outstanding players who are in contention for selection as one of the elite players of the season.”

The All Australian selection panel is: Andrew Demetriou (chairman), Adrian Anderson, Kevin Bartlett, Gerard Healy, James Hird, Glen Jakovich, Mark Ricciuto and Robert Walls.

David Mundy, Fremantle. Never previously selected. 20 games in 2010. 216 kicks, 68 marks, 237 handballs, averaging 10.8 kicks, 3.4 marks, 11.9 handballs. 11 goals, eight behinds. 87 clearances, 69 inside 50m, 36 rebound 50m.

Matthew Pavlich, Fremantle. Previously selected 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008. 21 games in 2010. 246 kicks, 96 marks, 154 handballs, averaging 11.7 kicks, 4.6 marks, 7.3 handballs. 54 goals (seventh in the AFL), 33 behinds. 64 clearances, 80 inside 50m, 20 rebound 50m.

Aaron Sandilands, Fremantle. Previously selected 2008, 2009. 19 games in 2010. 113 kicks, 83 marks, 208 handballs, averaging 5.9 kicks, 4.4 marks, 10.9 handballs. 686 hit outs (first in the AFL) averaging 36.1. 12 goals, five behinds. 82 clearances, 45 inside 50m, 23 rebound 50m.

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