It was a hard road for Ryan Brabazon in Sydney but he is back home in WA and appears to be finding his feet at Claremont.
Brabazon, 23, was among Claremont's best players in their 14-point win, 11.9 to 9.7, over Perth in the WAFL Variety Challenge pre-season competition at Claremont on Saturday.
The Albany-born and raised Brabazon was drafted by Sydney as their fourth-round selection and No.59 overall in 2005 after an outstanding junior career as a lively midfielder.
His talents took him from North Albany - the same club which produced Tarkyn Lockyer - to Claremont and then to the Harbour City.
But Brabazon played only three games for the Swans, two last year and one in 2008, and he was de-listed at the end of 2009.
It's a new start for him at Claremont and his arrival could help the Tigers climb the ladder with a midfield including Andrew Browne, Luke Blackwell and Andrew Foster, who has crossed from East Fremantle after being de-listed by Fremantle.
East Fremantle continued their good pre-season form with their third win, a 54-point thrashing of Subiaco, 13.13 to 5.7, at Medibank Stadium.
West Perth beat Peel by 27 points, 15.9 to 11.6, at Arena Joondalup, and East Perth had another encouraging win, this time over Swan Districts, after beating Subiaco in the first pre-season game. The Royals won 14.15 to 14.4.