Fremantle club champion David Mundy says he is ready for the extra attention that will come from opposition taggers in 2011 as he enters his eighth AFL season at the peak of his powers.      

Mundy closed in on the elite bracket of AFL midfielders last season, averaging 22 possessions and almost five clearances across 22 games, earning recognition in the 40-man All Australian squad.

The 25-year-old said gun youngsters Stephen Hill and Michael Barlow had also drawn attention from taggers last season, but the midfield group would work as a team to overcome their opponents in 2011.  

“I expect a little bit of attention, but whether I get tagged or somebody else in the midfield gets tagged, it’s the same kind of process with trying to help out your teammates and get them free and get them involved in the game,” Mundy said from Fremantle Oval on Wednesday.

“It’s more about the mental approach and getting the help from your teammates, I think … getting involved in the game when you’re battling a little bit.

“How well we play as a team will determine how well [the midfielders] go.”

Mundy, who edged star ruckman Aaron Sandilands and captain Matthew Pavlich to win last year’s Doig Medal, has been carefully managed in the latter stages of the pre-season.

The clearance specialist has trained away from the main group, jogging laps with Hill at recent sessions, but he said he was ready to increase his workload again ahead of Fremantle’s NAB Cup opener on February 13.

“I’ve just been managed a little bit,” he said. “Just to give the legs a little bit of a rest, and this week I’ll amp back up and be ready to go next week.

“Hilly’s tracking along nicely I think. I’m not really sure what his individual program is, but everyone is managed at certain stages of the pre-season.”

Fremantle launches its NAB Cup campaign against West Coast and Hawthorn at Patersons Stadium, and Mundy said the side would be aiming to gain confidence ahead of the season proper.

“It’s a good chance to top up [and] practice your game plans,” he said.

“The more games we win the nicer it’ll be and [we’ll] get a bit of confidence and momentum going into the season.

“For me personally it’s just about topping up and ticking the last box.”

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