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Mundy ready for greater attention

Chris Pike 02/02/2011 08:21:53 PM Comments (0)

Reigning Fremantle best and fairest David Mundy expects to receive more attention from taggers in 2011, but he doesn't expect it to halt his output.

Mundy had an outstanding 2010 AFL season, averaging over 23 possessions a game as the 25-year-old won his first Doig Medal before re-signing with the Dockers despite strong overtures to get him back to a Melbourne-based club.

Happy with his decision and feeling ready to tear into the NAB Cup starting next weekend, Mundy has himself prepared for some close-checking from opposition teams in 2011.

"It was kind of in and out. With Micky Barlow going so well last year he copped a bit of attention and so did a few other guys, but some weeks I was (tagged) and some weeks I wasn't," Mundy said.

"I expect a little bit of attention, but whether I get the tag or somebody else in the midfield does it is the same kind of process. We try to help out our teammates and get them free and involved in the game.

"It's about the mental approach and then knowing you'll be getting help from your teammates that's important.

"That helps you get involved in the game a little bit when perhaps you are battling so it's about being aware who has the tag and getting them involved in the game."

Fremantle play next Sunday at Subiaco Oval against West Coast and Hawthorn in the new NAB Cup format and Mundy is looking at it as putting the finishing touches on his pre-season campaign.

"It's a good chance to top up I think, practice a few game plans before the season proper and obviously the more games we win the nicer it will be to get some confidence and momentum going," he said.

"For me personally it's about topping up and ticking that last box of the pre-season."

Following the latest drama at St Kilda, there has been a focus on AFL players' interests outside of football.

Mundy has done a Master of Builders Administration course and he doesn't see much spare time in his schedule.

"Having an outside focus helps your football as well. We have a fairly substantial development program for the first three or four years anyway," Mundy said.

"I'd love some of that spare time they are all talking about.

"Throughout the year the club pushes hard to get guys into work, uni or study of some sort, so there's not a whole lot of spare time.

"Last year I was studying an MBA unit doing a bit of a real estate course online."

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