Fremantle skipper David Mundy says he is shocked to hear about rumours of a rift between Hayden Ballantyne and Nat Fyfe.
Rumours of player unrest are growing at Fremantle, with Ballantyne already seeking a trade away from the club despite having a year to run on his contract.
But Munday denies the player group is splintering.
He says Fyfe and the other club leaders have challenged players this year, but he doesn’t think it’s led to feelings of unrest.
When asked about rumours that Ballantyne wants to leave because of a rift with Fyfe, Mundy replied: “That surprises me. That’s the first I’ve ever heard of that. That certainly shocks me.”
And Mundy said he doesn’t think there’s a divide between Fyfe and some other players.
“Nat’s clearly a very demanding leader at times, and knows what he wants,” Mundy said.
“We love that about him. We respect that and we value that in the football club.
“Sometimes that may get people off side. But Nat especially is coming from a place to help everyone improve. Our group understands that.
“So whilst there might be moments where myself, Nat, or Ross (Lyon) might get someone offside, it’s all for the betterment of the team.”
Mundy claims the environment within the club is as strong as ever, despite the Dockers’ ordinary on-field results.
And he said suggestions of a fracture within the player group were wide of the mark.
“We’re not splintering at all. We’re working together,” Mundy said.
“Some guys have been frustrated by form, selection, and injury throughout the year. That’s part and parcel of the game.
“But as a group to suggest we’re splintering or fracturing in any way, I think would be a falsehood.”
“Our Monday to Friday processes remain as strong as ever. Guys are buying in and trying to improve.
“The frustration has been out of no improvement, or little improvement and little gain, from those discussions and meetings and training.”