Michael Johnson's career turned full circle last night when he was selected as an All-Australian.
Suspended by the club in 2010 after being caught in possession of cocaine, Johnson had a poor 2011 season and entered 2012 needing a solid campaign to entrench himself at the club.
He did that and more in Ross Lyon's first year at the helm, finishing third in the 2012 best-and-fairest award before elevating his game even further this season, culminating in his inclusion in the back pocket in the star-studded line-up.
Johnson was the only Docker selected in the team. Nat Fyfe and David Mundy couldn't squeeze into the glittering midfield, while Chris Mayne and Michael Walters were overlooked for a place in the forward line.
Eagles Eric Mackenzie and Josh Kennedy also missed out.
Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett created history by becoming the first player to be an All-Australian in seven consecutive years.
"It's just a bonus I guess," Ablett said. "I felt like I've had a consistent season and I've played my role for the side this year.
"It is a great honour. All the hard work that goes in over pre-season and the season, I guess it kind of recognises that."
Ablett was overlooked for the captaincy though, that honour being given to Geelong's Joel Selwood. Four Cats were chosen in the team. Defensive trio Harry Taylor, Andrew Mackie and Corey Enright joined Selwood.
Mackie's inclusion is his first All-Australian recognition.
Greater Western Sydney sensation Jeremy Cameron and Port Adelaide small forward Chad Wingard were picked, their elevation to the celebrated team illustrating the amazing starts to their careers.
Sydney co-captains Jarrad McVeigh and Kieren Jack, Coleman medallist Jarryd Roughead, Western Bulldog ball magnet Ryan Griffen and ruckman Will Minson, North Melbourne's Scott Thompson, Sydney's Daniel Hannebery and Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak were also chosen for the first time.
Only five members of last year's All-Australian team were included this season - Scott Pendlebury, Patrick Dangerfield, Dane Swan, Ablett and Jobe Watson.
Swan arrived at the function last night with his reconstructed left wrist in a cast.
The Brownlow medallist won't be able to handle a football until after Christmas and will be barred from contact work at training until February.
"I've played with it for about three years," Swan said.
"Touch is one thing where I seem to get back into the swing of things OK. The fitness side is probably the side I actually need to work on. Unfortunately for me, all I'll be able to do pre-Christmas is running."