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Captain one year Mund-er

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February 16, 2017

Seymour gun David Mundy captained Fremantle last year, but Brownlow medalist Nat Fyfe was voted into the role for this season.

David Mundy’s stint as Fremantle captain has been restricted to one season.

There was no standing in the way of superstar Nat Fyfe inheriting the top job as the Dockers look to keep the club’s only Brownlow medallist beyond this season.

Although Fyfe becomes skipper, Seymour ace Mundy will remain in the leadership group alongside star ruckman Aaron Sandilands, reigning best-and-fairest winner Lachie Neale, dynamic forward Michael Walters and Lee Spurr.

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon paid tribute to the work Mundy did during a disastrous season for the Dockers, where they slumped from minor premiers in 2015 to 16th.

‘‘It was a difficult year last year for David, taking over from Matthew Pavlich. He led us well under difficult circumstances,’’ Lyon said.

‘‘But as Nathan said when he spoke to the players, it is a transitioning list.

‘‘We’re aiming high and in a different situation to the year before. We had a more mature list and were coming off a strong year in 2015.

‘‘We’re transitioning, and it talks to an emerging leader who can be with the group for a long period.’’

Mundy, who featured for the Goulburn Valley Football League’s Lions and Murray Bushrangers in his junior career, has become one of Fremantle’s greatest players.

He has played 251 games for the club and has knocked back a number of offers to return home to Victoria.

Fyfe, 25, will lead Fremantle for the first time when the Dockers play arch-rival West Coast in the pre-season JLT Community Series on February 25.

His contract runs out at the end of this season and there has been speculation the superstar midfielder could make a move from the West Australian club, which would only intensify if he does not re-sign soon.

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