FINALLY, for Jason McNamara, a senior premiership.
In a career that has been dotted with individual accolades and awards, a premiership medal had always eluded the North Ballarat City captain.
That was until Saturday. In his just second-ever grand final, the 30-year-old was his usual influential self.
Nearing the end of a dazzling career, he said premiership glory meant the decorated player could finally take a “backwards step”.
“It’s been a long road for quite a few of us so I’m very excited,” McNamara said.
“I’m getting to the twilight of my career and all the hard work has paid off not just for me, but
for everyone who has put in a lot of hours.”
McNamara said he would definitely run around in the black and white again next year.
However, McNamara hinted that he might be able to take things a little bit easier from now on.
The veteran footballer has achieved everything he ever hoped in football, with a premiership as captain the perfect result in 2013.
McNamara said the challenge was now for the younger brigade to see North Ballarat City become a powerhouse in the BFL.
“It’s a privilege and an honour,” he said.
“I’m very humbled with the privilege I have and nobody can take it off me that I’m a premiership captain and I’m very proud.
“I finally got one, I think I can take a bit of a backwards step and let the younger blokes do the hard work now.
“I’ve worked hard and finally achieved what I wanted and now it’s time for the younger blokes to step through and take the reins.”