Fremantle midfielder David Mundy says he is nearing full fitness and confidence after an interrupted pre-season has seen him labour through the first half of 2012.
Mundy, Fremantle's 2010 club champion, yesterday spoke of the frustrations he had at being unable to reproduce his best form after an ankle injury claimed half of his 2011 season and lingered into the pre-season, needing more surgery.
The 26-year-old was a 25 possession-a-game man in 2010. He has managed 20 possessions only five times in 11 games this season and has kicked just three goals.
"I would like to have more impact on games, but I feel that is probably coming and I am starting to get back into the flow of it," he said.
"I have never missed a big chunk of the pre-season before so that has been a new kind of experience.
"There are numerous examples of guys that have missed great chunks of seasons or pre-seasons and it really puts them behind the eight ball."
"It has been more frustrating than anything because I know what I can do when I am up and about and playing well.
"Confidence comes with that, I guess. Especially early on when I wasn't playing anywhere near what I could or would have liked to have.
"I feel like I am nearing getting more confident in games and feeling really well, running them out a lot better.
"You have got to put the work in and I have had a really good chance to train and I haven't really missed much in the last few months. I feel a lot better in games but there is a lot of improvement to go."
Mundy rejected suggestions that he might have been able to take a better run at the pre-season if he hadn't played a match late last season, against North Melbourne.
"We can look back and point fingers if we want but at the time I was more than happy and more than comfortable to go out and give it a crack," he said.
The Dockers have injury concerns ahead of Sunday's critical clash with the Western Bulldogs at Patersons Stadium.
Clancee Pearce and Anthony Morabito missed training yesterday, while Stephen Hill (ankle), Zac Dawson (knee) and Alex Silvagni were on light duties.
Doubt over Silvagni and Dawson could bring Jack Anthony into the selection frame after strong form in defence for Subiaco in the WAFL last weekend.
Lachie Neale (ankle) is making a determined bid to be fit.
Mundy said the Dockers could not afford to take the Dogs lightly.
"A lot of Melbourne teams take the opportunity when they get out of Melbourne to really take the lid off and really try to explode, especially early, so it is really going to be a great challenge," he said.
I feel a lot better in games but there is a lot of improvement to go." David Mundy