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Dockers to repel Mundy suitors

By Justin Chadwick 13/09/2010 06:08:48 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle are confident they have done enough to persuade star midfielder David Mundy to re-sign with the AFL club.

Several Victorian clubs and Gold Coast are said to be interested in Mundy after the 25-year-old's standout season for the Dockers.

Defender Chris Tarrant has already told the Dockers he will be returning to Melbourne, but Fremantle football operations manager Chris Bond is confident Mundy will stay in Perth.

"We are very confident David will stay and we are hoping that decision will be made soon," Bond said on Monday.

"I think he wants to stay at this football club because it's a football club that's playing great football.

"He's really embedded himself into a great midfielder and he deserves all the accolades he gets.

"He's a great young man and we see him as a very important part of our future.

"We're very comfortable with where it (contract negotiations) are at.

"We'll be talking to David regularly over the next couple of weeks and we're hoping the decision will be made pretty soon."

Fremantle would receive nothing for Tarrant if the former Pie nominates for the national or pre-season draft.

But Bond remained hopeful a trade could be worked out, with Hawthorn and Carlton reportedly interested in the soon-to-be 30-year-old.

"We believe Chris Tarrant will play football next year," Bond said.

"We think he's been an integral part of our team and improvement, he's one of the best key backs in the competition so obviously we'll have to be working with all parties involved to make sure there's Ta fair outcome.

"I'm very comfortable something will be worked out."

Bond indicated out-of-contract defenders Luke McPharlin and Antoni Grover would be re-signed soon, but the future of injury-prone forward Des Headland is yet to be decided.

Headland has played just 20 games in the past three years and injured his knee in the opening minutes of Fremantle's semi-final loss to Geelong.

At 29 years old and his best seemingly behind him, Headland faces an uphill battle to earn a new deal.

Ruckman Aaron Sandilands is still receiving treatment on his injured knee but Bond said the injury wasn't serious and the 27-year-old wouldn't require surgery.

"We don't think it will hinder him in any way and we expect he'll have a full pre-season," Bond said.

"He wouldn't have gone into the game if there was structurally anything wrong with his knee."

Meanwhile, assistant coach Dean Wallis has been granted immediate release from his contract so he can return to Melbourne for family reasons.

Wallis' contract was due to expire on October 31 but the former Bomber, who had previously filled coaching positions at St Kilda and Essendon, was allowed to leave early.

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