This game has changed folks. I’ll admit that our great game is a more involved science now that it was when I dominated the Mornington Peninsula League for 927 games during the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.
Many remind me of the broken femur I endured against Sorrento in 1964 only to return after a 3 week layoff. Maybe we were a different breed back then…. or maybe the game demands more of its participants these days.
Breaking a leg at this level is not good news whichever way you look at it. Bones heal. Sure. But at the elite level everything has to click into place to have any chance of becoming the player you were before the break. It’s very common for a leg break victim to come back and subconsciously modify their running technique. There’s usually a muscle or two that cop more load. The soft tissue trouble begins.
So it was with some interest that I watched young David work his way back into confidence and back into his body in season 2012. Only missed the first few games then got through the whole bloody season. An impressive achievement in itself.
What will impress Supercoach and Dreamteamers looking at value in 2013 even more is David Mundy’s gradual return to AFL Fantasy Football relevance later in season 2012.
2013 Price: Supercoach: $477,300, Dreamteam: $451,800
2013 Position: MID
2012 averages: 90 SC, 88 DT (20 games)
2011 averages: 107 SC, 96 DT (12 games)
2010 averages: 116 SC, 89 DT (20 games)
For those who came in late David Mundy reached the very top tier of premium Supercoach midfielders in season 2011. He was averaging 127 Supercoach points till round 7 before busting his leg a few weeks later in June. There is a bit more to like about Mundy as a selection in 2013:
- Set the leg mishap aside and David Mundy is one of the most durable players the game has seen. He played 124 consecutive games before he missed his first. Only the 8th player in VFL/AFL history to play his first 100 games without missing one. Might explain his trouble free return from the break…
- He was one of the form players in the last quarter of the season last year averaging 115 Supercoach points in the last 8 rounds of the season. Suggests that his fitness, confidence and AFL Fantasy relevance is returning.
- Provided he continues to regain absolute full fitness and confidence indications are that the upward trend in his output should increase. Approximately 70 Supercoach and AFL Fantasy midfielders will be more expensive than him in 2013. Mark my words community. He’ll finish top 10 if he stays on the park.
- And there’s nothing like having a bloke in your team you just know is a good egg. He’s an honest country lad from Seymour… knocked back very serious dollars from the Gold Coast to stay with him mates. Great stuff. As I explained to him at the time… down the track that decision will be worth more to him as a man in later years than anything his extra cash would ever have been able to buy. Importantly…and take it from a man on the inside.. it means a great deal to Ross Lyon as well.
Looks a reasonable prospect in 2013. Provided he has a drama free preseason all signs lead to Rome. I do not believe that he will return to again become the 120+ Supercoach and 100+ Dreamteam averaging player that he was developing into before the break. However I certainly believe that in terms of bang for buck there is real potential to slot a significantly underpriced keeper into your midfield here.
Will be strongly considered in JR Brumby FC… over to you folks… in a quick sentance… David Mundy.. yes or no?