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Damian Barrett: Why Fremantle champion David Mundy should get chance to play on in 2021

Fremantle champion David Mundy should go allowed to play on in 2021 if he wants to, according to AFL journalist Damian Barrett.

Speaking on afl.com.au’s Access All Areas, Barrett said Mundy’s form in 2020 was enough to warrant a contract extension, should the 16-season veteran commit to it.

“He’s a 35-year-old who should be allowed to go round again next year and maybe even for a couple beyond that,” he said.

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“David Mundy, I know they talk about Shaun Burgoyne as being the ‘Silk’, but this guy is every bit as silky.

“I think he’s going as well as any stage of his life.”

David Mundy celebrates with Dockers teammates back in 2012.
Camera IconDavid Mundy celebrates with Dockers teammates back in 2012. Credit: Daniel Carson/AFL Media

Co-host Matthew Lloyd agreed and described Mundy as an “all-time great” of the Dockers.

“He’s been a wonderful servant for Fremantle, better than that, he’s been a champion,” he said.

David Mundy in action in just his fourth AFL game.
Camera IconDavid Mundy in action in just his fourth AFL game. Credit: AFL Photos/GSP

“If he was playing in Melbourne, we would talk about David Mundy even more so.

“We both work with (ex-Dockers coach) Ross Lyon, the way he talks of David Mundy, just his consistency of effort, just a great team man.”

Earlier this month Mundy said he’d love to play on in 2021, but there’s no guarantee Fremantle will have a spot for him on their roster should lists shrink as expected.

Mundy (327) sits second on the Dockers’ all-time appearance list, behind Matthew Pavlich’s 353.

He joked to 9NEWS that Pavlich’s record was in his sights.

“I think I’d be immediately delisted if I got to 352,” he said.

Mundy is averaging more than 18 touches a game and more than three tackles in 2020.

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