Fremantle utility David Mundy will become just the eighth player in VFL/AFL history to play 100 consecutive games from debut when he runs out against Carlton at Subiaco Oval this weekend.
Selected at pick No.19 at the 2003 National Draft, Mundy made his debut in round six, 2005, and had 12 disposals in a rare win at the MCG over Melbourne.
The 23-year-old has not looked back, racing to the 100-game milestone in just over four years, faster than any other player in Dockers history.
"I guess I've been quite fortunate and a bit lucky to get through. It means a lot to me at the moment and I'm sure once I'm finished my career and look back at it and it will mean even more," Mundy said.
"I've been lucky in that aspect (injuries), I've never done anything major; I've never missed more than two weeks with a little niggle.
"The club's shown a bit of faith in me, especially during lean trots with form, but I feel like I put the hard work in on the track and through the summer."
Originally recruited from Victoria, Mundy was the subject of trade talk at the end of last season.
But after smoothing over some minor issues during negotiations with the port club, Mundy committed himself to the Fremantle cause.
"It was just a matter of organising some little issues regarding family and more family time. I like Freo and they've given me my opportunity and I'm more than happy to stay around," Mundy said.
Fremantle will take on a Carlton side still reeling from a loss to arch-rivals Essendon last week but Mundy says the Dockers will take some confidence from their win over the Blues on the Gold Coast earlier this year.
"It's going to be a different kind of game this week - different ground, different everything," Mundy said.
"It's not going to be easy and it's not going to be exactly how it was last time so we're going to have to go out there and really be sharp and on our toes."
The second tier of Dockers leaders, like Mundy, are going to have to fill the void left by Matthew Pavlich this week, with the skipper miss the Carlton game with a calf injury.
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