The man who did more than any other on Saturday to ensure Sydney would win a fifth AFL premiership could easily have been playing for the opposition.
Four years ago, Ryan O'Keefe told then-Swans coach Paul Roos he wanted to move back to his home state of Victoria.
Hawthorn were foremost among the clubs interested in securing his services.
But when a suitable trade could not be agreed, O'Keefe took it on the chin and signed a new four-year deal with Sydney.
The following year, his transformation from talented half-forward to tough-as-teak midfielder began in earnest.
It was a change in role which reached its high point at the MCG on Saturday as O'Keefe amassed 28 possessions and 15 tackles - five more than any other player on the ground - as the Swans claimed an upset 10-point win over Hawthorn.
"This year we have always been about the 22 players - it's never been about individuals," said the 31-year-old O'Keefe, one of only four Swans to have played in the 2005 and 2012 flag-winning teams.
"Today was just the perfect example of that.
"Everyone played their role, cracked in and really dug in when the Hawks had the momentum.
"We always knew Hawthorn were going to give us a red hot contest and to our boys' credit we just kept digging in.
"We got the momentum, then they got the momentum.
"We just knew that's the way the game was going to pan out all day."
O'Keefe now sits fifth on Sydney's all-time games list, having pulled on the red and white guernsey 257 times since making his debut back in 2000.
And he is already looking forward to 2013 - and beyond - as a key cog in the Swans' engine room.
"I enjoy getting in amongst it where the action is and being physical," he said.
"I'm just really enjoying my footy at the moment and my coach has given me the confidence just to back myself."