Dockers' Mundy eyes AFL flag and 400 games

Fremantle's David Mundy says he is not thinking about retirement as his 350th AFL game looms.
Fremantle's David Mundy says he is not thinking about retirement as his 350th AFL game looms.

Birthday boy David Mundy is raring to go before his 350-game milestone and the Fremantle veteran has one eye on reaching the magical 400 mark in his bid to snare an elusive AFL flag.

Mundy, who turned 36 on Tuesday, is almost certain to earn a one-year contract extension after his stunning form this AFL season.

The star midfielder is in All-Australian conversations - averaging 25 disposals and 5.6 clearances per game, along with booting 13 goals.

Mundy is still daring to dream of premiership success, vowing to fight tooth and nail to achieve that goal.

Fremantle's emerging player group is closing in on what appears to be a genuine premiership window and Mundy wants to hang on for as long as he can.

"I've said along the journey that I want to play as long as I can as long as I'm contributing effectively on the field," Mundy replied when asked about reaching the 400-game mark.

"I certainly feel like I'm doing that at the moment and pulling up really well.

"It (winning a premiership) is still the dream.

"It's why I come and rock up on a rainy Tuesday morning on my birthday to run around on a footy field with 44 other sweaty blokes."

Fremantle were given a major reality check last week in a 69-point loss to Geelong in Perth.

The Dockers scored just three goals for the match but Mundy said that performance was merely a "blip" rather than a sign of any deeper worries.

With a midfield boasting Nat Fyfe, Andrew Brayshaw, Adam Cerra, Caleb Serong and ruckman Sean Darcy, Mundy believed Fremantle were well placed to push for higher honours in the coming years.

"I feel like we're building as a group and as a club," he said.

"I feel like at our best we're as good as any in the league. We've demonstrated that at different times this year.

"We had a little bit of a blip on the weekend. But with our group moving forward, anything is possible."

The Dockers will be aiming to make Mundy's 350th game a memorable one when they face Sydney at Metricon Stadium on Sunday.

Darcy is hopeful of playing against the Swans after scans showed he only suffered a slight strain in his left knee against the Cats.

Spearhead Matt Taberner could return after missing three matches with a calf injury, but fellow forward Rory Lobb is expected to miss with an ankle complaint.

Swans quartet Callum Mills, Harry Cunningham, Colin O'Riordan and Callum Sinclair are unavailable for selection while they complete their 14-day quarantine.

Australian Associated Press