Docker Mundy announces AFL retirement

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Retiring Fremantle midfielder David Mundy says he would have felt guilty if he had hung around chasing team and individual success until he was a "broken old man".

Mundy made the shock announcement on Monday that he would retire at the end of the AFL season, bringing an end to the "Mundy Four Hundy" dream.

Just last month, Mundy said he was keen to keep playing "until they kick me out" as the potential for him to reach the magical 400-game milestone grew.

With Fremantle's premiership window now well and truly open, the potential for team success next year was also expected to see Mundy play on.

But the 37-year-old, who has notched 371 AFL games, was keen to retire while he still had something to offer, rather than playing on in his quest for flag glory and a 400-game milestone.

"They're very individual goals. I'm the kind of character where they're very much secondary," Mundy told reporters on Monday.

"I take a lot of pride in the fact that I'm walking out with a little bit left in the tank. I'd feel really guilty if I'd hung around and walked out a crippled, broken old man.

"To still be able to contribute on-field and set this group up for future success is something I'm really happy with.

"I feel really proud of my work that's gone on behind the scenes about developing and growing this group of players."

Mundy tallied 35 disposals and 10 clearances in Friday night's 46-point loss to Melbourne, and is averaging 22.2 disposals and 4.7 clearances a game this year.

But his chances of snaring a dream flag in his final season appear slim after the Dockers tumbled to sixth on the back of a three-match winless run.

Fremantle will need to beat the Western Bulldogs, West Coast, and GWS in their final three games - and rely on other results falling their way - in order to snare a prized top-four berth.

Hopes that Mundy would become only the sixth man to reach 400 AFL/VFL games - which sparked a fan campaign dubbed "Mundy Four Hundy" - will now fall agonisingly short.

He will, however, draw level with Sydney great Adam Goodes (372 matches) in equal-ninth on the all-time games played list when he lines up in Saturday's vital match with the Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium.

Fremantle's games record holder was selected with pick No.19 in the 2003 national draft, and captained the club in 2016.

Mundy was an All-Australian in 2015 and won the club's best and fairest award in 2010.

Fremantle's football operations manager Peter Bell paid tribute to Mundy's impact on the current squad and on the club as a whole.

"He's been a big part of the group that we have now. He's a big part of why we're very confident for the remainder of this year and the future," Bell said.

"He's a great character who understands the bigger picture, understands what the stresses of being a player are, and understands more broadly the other decisions and leadership that we need as a football club."

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