David Mundy counts down to big call
In-demand Fremantle midfielder David Mundy is set to decide his future next week after travelling to Melbourne for the Brownlow on Monday.
Mundy is pondering three options, all of them lucrative – stay in Fremantle, accept the cashed-up Gold Coast’s offer, or return to Victoria.
He has just finished a two-year deal believed to be worth $550,000 a season, but Melbourne clubs with salary cap room are confident of winning his services.
A raft of Melbourne clubs have inquired about his services, but the Seymour boy is yet to sit down with suitors.
Essendon is leading the charge, but Richmond and Melbourne are believed to be among interested parties.
It is believed most Victorian clubs have been keen to find out what it would take to get the 25-year-old, who is one of Fremantle’s likely top Brownlow Medal pollers.
He conceded two years ago after re-signing at Fremantle the pull of Victoria was strong.
“It was just the family side of things that was concerning me. I felt like I was missing out a little bit on family life, so I just wanted to spend a bit more time at home, spending more time around my sisters, mum and dad.”
Geelong onballer Gary Ablett’s decision could also affect the amount of money the Gold Coast is willing to offer Mundy.
Meanwhile, Fremantle is playing hard ball with departing defender Chris Tarrant, warning the 29-year-old he needs to repay the club.
He has notified the Dockers he is leaving for Melbourne, but because he is out of contract could walk for nothing if he nominates for the draft.
Fremantle coach Mark Harvey wants him to be involved in a trade and says the Dockers will only accept a player in exchange.
“We effectively turned his career around a couple of years ago so he knows that there’s responsibility with all this,” Harvey told Perth radio.
“There’ll be a number of clubs after him and we just have to make sure we do what’s right for Fremantle.
“Our first port of call would be to look at a player from another club.”
Carlton leads the charge of Victorian clubs, with Hawthorn and Collingwood also in contention.