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Mundy announces retirement



Fremantle veteran David Mundy will retire from AFL football at the end of the 2022 season after 19 seasons at the highest level, announcing the decision on Monday.


Mundy, who this weekend will equal Adam Goodes in ninth spot on the all time games played list on 372 was drafted from country Victoria with the pick 19 in the 2003 AFL Draft, becoming one of Fremantle's greatest ever players in a glittering career.


Having recently turned 37, Mundy is the games record holder at Fremantle having usurped Matthew Pavlich (353) last season, having also captained the club in 2016 and won the club's best and fairest the Doig Medal in 2010.


A strong inside midfielder Mundy made his debut against Melbourne in round 6 of 2005 after spending 2004 playing with WAFL powerhouse Subiaco, a member of their premiership side.


Durable, Mundy has played 20 games or more in 13 of his 17 completed seasons, regularly standing up in clutch moments for his side, kicking the winning goal after the siren against Richmond in 2017.


“I’m incredibly proud, I’ve been living my dream for 19 years now and I’ve loved every bit of it,” Mundy said.


“Not all of it has been easy, there’s been quite a few, really hard and emotional bits to it, but I’ve been able to grow as a person and as a player throughout my time at Fremantle and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


“I’m really proud of the person I’ve been able to develop into, the family I’ve been able to create, and my role within the football club. I feel I’ve grown from a skinny full back who didn’t want to talk to anyone, to being a part of the leadership group for a number of years now.


“I’m proud of that growth and that journey and I’m looking to get the most out of this season and explore what’s next.”

Fremantle face Western Bulldogs in round 21 of the AFL season, needing a win to keep their top four hopes alive.


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