Fremantle recruit Zac Dawson considers himself "extremely lucky" and feels he owes the port club after being given another AFL lifeline this week.
The former Hawthorn and St Kilda defender joined his third AFL club this week via the pre-season draft.
Dawson was originally drafted by the Hawks in 2003 and played 14 games before moving to St Kilda, where he added a further 63 senior games, including three grand final appearances.
But the 25-year-old walked out on the Saints at the end of last season after rejecting a new contract offer.
"I consider myself extremely lucky," Dawson said.
"I was extremely lucky to get a second chance (with St Kilda) and now to get a third chance - it doesn't happen very often.
"I'm very thankful to the club, to Ross (Lyon) and to everyone for helping me to get over here and I'm looking forward to the future.
"When I got to St Kilda I felt like I owed them something and it's exactly the same here. I feel like I owe them (Fremantle) and I'm very grateful for my situation.
"You always want to grow as a player and you always want to grow as a person, so that's what I'm setting myself for."
Dawson began training with Fremantle last month in a bid to impress the recruiting staff, but there were no guarantees he was going to be able to join the Dockers.
He was eventually taken by Fremantle at pick 10 after Greater Western Sydney had passed in all six of their earlier picks.
Dawson said he was now happy to be able to plan for the future with some certainty.
"It's been a bit of a weird feeling the last couple of weeks, just not knowing exactly what was going on," Dawson said.
"To get it done on Tuesday was good and we can start moving forward now. I've been looking forward to it."
New Fremantle rookies Lee Spurr, Haiden Schloithe, Sam Menegola and Jordan King-Wilson all arrived at the club today.