Fremantle club champion David Mundy has refused to set a finishing goal for the club in 2011, claiming it would be “ludicrous” to make any bold predictions this far out from the start of the season.

The Dockers finished sixth last season and surprised many with their sudden rise up the ladder. But while a position in the top four seems the next logical step, Mundy warned fans and critics not to get carried away.

“Every year, every team goes out there to do the best they can, but a lot of things can happen like injuries, form and how other teams go,” Mundy said today after joining his teammates at training for the first time since the end of last season.

“How many times has that happened over the history of the league where a team has come out and said they’re going to finish top four?

“I think to put a final goal in place now is ludicrous. We have just got to go out there and play our game as best we can each weekend and hopefully guys stay on the park as long as they can and the rest takes care of itself.

“At the moment we are just focused on the pre-season stuff and getting the kilometres into the legs. It is only a short pre-season this year so we have to be on our game and make sure nobody goes out because if you miss three or four weeks of the pre-season you’re going to be a fair way behind the eight ball.”

Mundy, who rejected offers to return home to Victoria by signing a lucrative four-year deal at the end of last season, also virtually declared himself a Docker for life.

The 25-year-old waited until after Fremantle had been eliminated from the finals before re-signing, but denied the delay was because he was considering a generous offer to join new club Gold Coast Suns.

“It was obviously a big decision – a life decision – and I’ll probably play out my time here now,” Mundy said.

“As a Victorian or an eastern-stater it’s a massive decision to commit to stay over here and I will probably be here for life now. It was a big call and I didn’t want to make it hastily.

“It will take me through to 29, which is a massive bonus when you look at the average AFL lifespan.

“I love playing here and to take the step up as we did last year was great. Hopefully we can at least hold that again for this year coming.”

Mundy was among the club’s fifth to seventh-year players who started pre-season training at Fremantle Oval this morning.

Draftees Jayden Pitt, Viv Michie and Josh Mellington also trained with their new teammates for the first time.

Mundy promised to use his experiences to mentor the trio, who have all been recruited from Victoria.

He also backed former rising star winner Rhys Palmer to return to form in the new season after enduring a mixed return from a knee reconstruction.

Palmer blitzed last Monday’s 3km time trial for the club’s first to fourth-year players.

“Rhys at his best in 2008 was just a really hard gut runner and he had determination to get up to the ball and win it,” Mundy said.

“He is obviously a great player and he has taken a little bit of time to come back from his knee (injury), a bit longer than he would probably like, but he is flying at the moment.

“If he doesn’t have a big year next year, I will eat my hat.”

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