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Freo not taking foot of the pedal
Freo not taking foot of the pedal

Star midfielder David Mundy says Fremantle won't be distracted by the possibility of a top-two finish this season as they look to continue their winning ways against Melbourne in Darwin on Saturday night.

The Dockers are just one win and percentage off top spot and will start favourites to record a seventh straight victory in 2014 against the Demons at TIO Stadium.

They could further consolidate their push for a top-two berth with games against Greater Western Sydney (home), St Kilda (away) and Carlton (home) in the next month.

But fresh from signing a three-year contract extension with the Dockers yesterday, Mundy pointed to North Melbourne's shock four-point loss to Brisbane at the Gabba last weekend as an example of the narrow gap between the top and bottom sides.

"It's (the Melbourne game) going to be a tough challenge," he said.

"I think if we go up there with a relaxed mindset or a relaxed attitude we'll get done.

"We're definitely not taking our foot off the pedal for the rest of the year."

Port Adelaide's loss to Adelaide at the weekend also opened the door for a top-two finish after the Dockers reached the grand final from third last year.

Veteran defender Luke McPharlin appears set to return after missing the past three games with a knee injury. He moved freely at Fremantle Oval yesterday before rejoining the main group for the end of the session.

Captain Matthew Pavlich was missing after a suspected corked thigh, while Alex Silvagni (ribs) also failed to appear.

Mundy, 28, said remaining part of a successful group at Fremantle had been a big factor in his decision to ignore going home to Victoria.

And he said he wouldn't shy away from the possibility of being captain when Pavlich gives up the role.

"I've been through some bleak years at Fremantle and they're not times I want to go back to," he said.

"I feel like we've got a strong culture here at the moment, which will really help propel us forward."

The deal, believed to be worth close to $2 million over three years, comes a week after fellow midfielder Nat Fyfe signed a lucrative extension to also remain at the club to the end of 2017.

Mundy, who was due to become a restricted free agent at the end of the season, denied there had been big offers on the table from rival clubs.

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