New Fremantle captain David Mundy expects to spend more time setting up play off half-back this AFL season but first needs to get through his opening pre-game speech.
Brownlow Medallist Nat Fyfe might have attracted the headlines in Fremantle’s midfield but Mundy has been an outstanding performer over 233 games and has replaced Matthew Pavlich as Dockers skipper for 2016.
He’s enjoying the added responsibility but dreading what he’ll say to the group before they run out against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
“I am excited to just get into footy proper and the Bulldogs at Etihad, it doesn’t get a much bigger challenge than that so it’s going to be a great start,” Mundy said on Wednesday.
“But I’m having a bit more thought about how the entire group’s going and I’m a little bit more nervous. I’m starting to compose my pre-game in my head at the moment and that’s horrendous so I have a bit of work to do there.”
With the limit on rotations this season, Mundy feels he and Stephen Hill will take up roles coming off half-back for the Dockers while other regular midfielders Fyfe and Michael Barlow could go forward more often.
“I think the whole midfield dynamic will change a little bit. The big thing over the summer has been positional flexibility and we’ve seen that throughout some of the NAB games and in our training sessions guys have been flung around everywhere,” he said.
Fremantle have also worked hard on faster ball movement over the summer and Mundy wants to see that in action against the team considered the best at that style of play, the Bulldogs, on Sunday on the league’s quickest deck.
“I don’t think it really matters who we play to be honest, it’s just going to be nice getting into the rhythm of the game and seeing how we go with the proper heat and intensity,” Mundy said.
“We feel like we have trained it up enough and it’s becoming a bit of a habit but we won’t really know until round one.”