Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich says he likes to finish what he has started.
It has usually been a good trait, helping to keep him at the Dockers when the issue of a new contract extension arose every three or four years.
It was, on one occasion, not such a good trait, when he collapsed at his first training session 14 years ago and ended up in intensive care suffering from dehydration.
Pavlich has always acknowledged "considering options" when it came to being traded back to his home State of South Australia when contracts have been up for negotiating but said the concept of seeing something through to the end helped keep him at Fremantle.
"I never got to a trade day thinking I was going to be traded," said Pavlich, who will play his 291st game for the Dockers in Saturday's grand final against Hawthorn. "It was always a decision I made during the season when I was coming out of contract.
"I have considered my options but I have always felt there was unfinished business here and being the leader of the group for the latter half of my career I wanted to steer the ship and point it in the right direction because I believe strongly that if you start something and you think it is worthwhile you might as well see it through.
"It is 14 years of hard work and toil to get to this point and it is a great opportunity for us."
It was his determination to finish that first training session which got him into trouble on a hot day at Aquinas College late in 1999.
"I arrived the night before from Adelaide. I had been on my schoolies week the previous week and was a bit underdone physically," Pavlich said. "We did an hour and a half of ball work. It was quite a hot day at Aquinas College.
"I really wanted to impress and went as hard as I could and then we had six, one-kilometre time trials to finish the session.
"I got through five and felt pretty average and I remember the strength and conditioning coach (James Bridle) coming over and asking 'how are you travelling?'
"I had kept up with my group for the first four and then the fifth one I had dropped back a bit.
"I said 'no, I am fine, I will be right', not wanting to show any sign of weakness.
"I took off for the sixth one and got a lap around and I vaguely remember seeing stars and feeling like I was running closer and closer to the ground. I had collapsed.
"The doc rushed out and I was thrown in the back of the property van and was rushed down the freeway to Murdoch hospital.
"I remember waking up with a shocking headache, a hangover- type feeling and I had all these drips in my arms. I was in intensive care for a night. It wasn't a great way to start my career."
Pavlich said the Dockers knew they were up against a formidable opponent on Saturday but also took great confidence in their "actions" over a long period of time which told them they could succeed.
Most Fremantle players speak Ross Lyon's language to some degree now. Pavlich, the leader whose quick acceptance of the Lyon regime led the way for others to follow, is no exception.
He said it was his responsibility, as captain, to quickly accept the change of coach and adapt to Lyon's philosophy.
"Good leaders, once there is change, embrace that and move quickly," he said.
"He had a really strong mess- age about how he wanted us to behave as a group and how he wanted us to play footy.
"It was a really sudden and ruthless call (to sack Mark Harvey). If the captain and a leader doesn't embrace change it is going to be a tough journey for everyone else to jump on board.
"Ross challenged me in certain areas in which I probably haven't been challenged in a while.
"It is what good leaders and coaches do, they challenge their players to improve and go again."He is the best coach I have played under. He understands the modern game really well. He knows what it takes to play big games of footy."