Fremantle recruit Colin Sylvia is hoping the high standards demanded under Dockers coach Ross Lyon will help him finally reach his full potential as a footballer.
Speaking publicly for the first time since joining the Dockers as a free agent, Sylvia this morning admitted he had struggled with consistency over his 10 years with Melbourne.
The No.3 draft pick in 2003 said he hoped a change of club would be the catalyst for greater things.
“As you know it's been quite a rollercoaster ride at the Melbourne Football Club,” he said.
“I feel like I've still got my best footy ahead of me.
“I'd like to play some more consistent footy.
“I think I had a pretty consistent year (in 2013) without any real breakout games but I think playing with a football club like Fremantle, they demand excellence and hopefully they can take me to the next level.
“Hopefully I can play at a higher consistent level for a longer period of time.”
Sylvia, 27, said although a number of clubs had shown interest in recruiting him under free agency the choice had ultimately come down to the Fremantle or Melbourne.
He said talking about his options with his partner made him realise the time was right for a change of scene.
“It was very difficult,” he said.
“The process took quite a long period of time and Fremantle were first-class with their patience and the way they treated me and my partner to work through that process.
“We went overseas for a little bit to think about our future and we just thought the timing was right.
“Freo presents a really good opportunity for me.
“It's a great fit for me and I'm really excited for the next chapter and phase of my footy career.”