“I’m still living out my boyhood dream”

AFL Rd 1 - Fremantle v Port AdelaideFremantle captain David Mundy is still excited to be playing AFL football, despite his team’s disappointing 2016 campaign.

Speaking ahead of his 250th match against GWS at Spotless Stadium on Saturday, Mundy said reaching the milestone was something he would appreciate for years to come.

“It’s clearly going to be something that I reflect on and hold close to my heart,” Mundy said.

“I’ve grown up at this football club – it’s helped me develop into the person that I am today.

“I’ve spent a lot of time here so it means a lot.”

The midfielder said he still gained satisfaction from playing football, irrespective of results.

“I’m still living out my boyhood dream, whether we’re 20-1 or 3-17.

“I certainly still enjoy coming in Monday to Friday to try and get the best out of myself.

The 31-year-old was recruited as a rangy half-back with pick 19 in the 2003 national draft.

After failing to make a senior appearance in his first season, Mundy played 124 consecutive games from his debut in round 6, 2005.

The veteran won the 2010 Doig Medal and was selected on the interchange bench of last year’s All Australian side – an achievement which coincided with Fremantle’s maiden minor premiership.

Though the club currently sits 16th on the ladder with three wins, the Freo skipper said he was confident his team could return to form in 2017.

“This year has certainly popped out of the blue – no one really expected it,” Mundy said.

“On the back of that, I’m really confident that refining our systems in the preseason and coming back in really good shape will put us in great stead to make sure that this year is an outlier, and that we can really come back.”