Former Saints midfielder Luke Dunstan has opened up on the last-minute move that saw him land with the Demons this off-season.
The Bombers and Suns were among the sides known to be linked to Dunstan's services ahead of the free agency window, with the 26-year-old having to nervously wait throughout this year to know whether he would find a new club at AFL level.
"I [wasn't] freaking out but because I knew most of the year that I wasn't gonna be staying, but [there was] mild stress for a long time," Dunstan said on The Unlaced Podcast. "It did sort of build up.
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"When it all sort of happened and went through I was pretty exhausted for a couple of days, but I couldn't be happier with the end result."
Speaking on the Demons' late bid to land his signature, Dunstan revealed the rapid turnaround that saw the premiers begin their move.
"It came up pretty late just because they were still planning for the grand final," Dunstan said.
"I sat down with my manager and we never sort of picked Melbourne as a team that was sort of going to be a candidate. We had sort of narrowed it down to probably two opportunities.
"I was talking about teeing up another phone call with a head coach, and my manager just kind of throw it in at the end, he goes, 'Melbourne want to meet with you on Monday'."
After opening further discussion with the Demons, Dunstan revealed he was amazed by the "professional" presentation that Melbourne had planned over a Zoom call, with his decision soon becoming a "no-brainer".
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"I was really impressed by it all and things moved pretty quickly after that," Dunstan said. "It was very professional.
"They had basically just a PowerPoint presentation and took me through why they wanted me and made me feel a bit of love, which was something I probably haven't had for a little while so it was a good feeling.
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"Within two or three days I was in at the footy club and signed.
"In terms of what they spoke about and what they were valuing at the footy club, it was really a no-brainer for me in the end."
The Woodville-West Torrens product stated that the Suns were leading the race for the tough onballer, before Melbourne emerged as suitors.
"I had spoken to a couple of other clubs," Dunstan revealed.
"It was probably looking like maybe Gold Coast were going to be the one, but then it all turned around pretty late."
Dunstan played eight seasons with the Saints and was limited to just the 12 appearances after starting the season on the outer with the coaching and football department at Moorabbin.
The St Kilda midfielder still managed to poll the second most Brownlow votes for his club this year, recording 11 votes following a strong back-end to his 2021 campaign.
Now joining the Demons off the back of their drought-breaking premiership win, Dunstan is sure to add further depth to a star-studded midfield ensemble at Gosch's Paddock.