Stephen Gilham knew his dreams of winning a second premiership were all but dashed when he left Hawthorn for Greater Western Sydney but the chance to set himself up after his playing career ended proved too good to refuse.
The Giants were not only offering Gilham the chance to play regularly, they dangled the carrot of a post-playing career, either in the coaches' box or in game development.
These were opportunities the backman thought he would be unlikely to get had he remained with the Hawks after the club lured two-time All Australian defender Brian Lake from the Western Bulldogs.
Gilham was offered a contract for this season by Alastair Clarkson but knocked it back when Leon Cameron came calling, also with a one-year deal, during the trade period, asking the 2008 premiership Hawk to follow him north to the Giants.
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