UPDATE 2.15pm: Star Fremantle midfielder David Mundy says there was no big offer on the table from a rival club and denied he wanted a longer-term deal than the three-year extension announced today.
Teammate Nat Fyfe last week revealed that there had been an unofficial seven-year deal offered to him from an eastern States club and it was rumoured a number of Victorian clubs were chasing Mundy’s signature with him due to become a restricted free agent at the end of the year.
But the 28-year-old quashed those rumours with a simple no when he faced the media this afternoon.
Mundy also dismissed reports he had baulked at a three-year deal offered by the Dockers.
“I’m pretty comfortable with the three years as its stands,” he said.
“It was about life choices.
“I am not thinking about in two years time or four years time, I am thinking in 10 years what is best for me and my family and the best way for me to support my family at this stage was to stay in Fremantle.
“I am more than happy to stay here - I love playing my football here and I am obviously very grateful that Fremantle gave me my shot 10 years ago so I am just hopeful to repay that faith.”
Mundy is now likely to see out his career at the port and admitted the lure of being a one-club player had been a factor.
“There is obviously a little bit of sentimental value in that,” he said.
“It’s nice, I feel like I am a fairly loyal person and to be able to repay the club with my entire career, potentially, is obviously a big thing - again one of those things that in 20 years time I will look back and be very proud I could ply my trade with Fremantle.
“When it’s cold mornings like this morning, I still refer to myself as a Victorian, but I have been here my whole adult life now and obviously my wife is a West Australian, so I am enjoying my time.”
Mundy said contract talks had not been a distraction but was glad to have it done.
“I guess it’s good to kind of have it done and I can really knuckle down into the footy type of stuff,” he said.
“But as I said last week, it wasn’t something that was really weighing heavily on my mind, it was just something that needed to be done and would be done in the right time and that time has come.”
Mundy joined his teammates for an open training session at Fremantle Oval this morning ahead of a trip to Darwin for their clash with Melbourne at TIO Stadium on Saturday night.
Captain Matthew Pavlich was an absentee after suffering a suspected corked thigh in the seven-point win over West Coast on the weekend.
Alex Silvagni (ribs) was also missing, while Matt Taberner only briefly poked his head of the gym fresh from playing as a makeshift defender against the Eagles.
Luke McPharlin tested his body away from the main group before joining his teammates for the end of the session.
Michael Barlow, Colin Sylvia and Paul Duffield were on light duties alongside Sam Menegola, who suffered concussion playing for Peel on the weekend.
Michael Johnson (knee) and Michael Walters (ankle) continue to build up their running loads on return from injury.