Josh Jenkins recently interrupted his AFL career after spending two seasons with Geelong.
The 32-year-old had previously been with Adelaide for eight years, finishing with the Crows in late 2019.
Jenkins had been a key figure in the success of the Crows who made finals in 2015 and 2016 before advancing to the 2017 Grand Final, but suggests he ultimately fell out.
He admits he may have disagreed at the end of his time at West Lakes, following the infamous 2018 Crows camp.
“I didn’t go on very good terms with Adelaide, but I left with my head held high,” he said on AFL Trade Radio commercial mornings.
“There was a lot going on on the periphery and I felt I had fought a good fight and defended some players who weren’t necessarily confident enough to voice their own concerns.
“I felt like I did this a lot and paid the ultimate price. It probably also matched the fact that Adelaide wanted to rejuvenate a bit and lose money on her salary cap.
“From their point of view it made sense and from my point of view I had probably exhausted my welcome with Don Pyke and these guys. They all continued later.
Jenkins found Geelong’s path to play alongside former Crows colleague Patrick Dangerfield and although he only managed two senior games, he really enjoyed his time at the cattery.
“It was probably time to move on and I was really looking forward to experiencing ‘Danger’ and his time with the Cats,” he added.
“I was really looking forward to coming here. It didn’t work from a game point of view, I only played two games, but the environment I was in was exactly what I was looking for.
“Two games is not a lot, but honestly I wouldn’t change a thing. Even now if you said I would go somewhere else and play 25 games, I wouldn’t change it. The guys were good enough to qualify for a grand final in 2020 and have made a prelims this year and we’ve spent a lot of time on the road.
“If you’re talking about an environment and you’re going to spend four months somewhere else one year, then another month the next year, I kind of fell in the perfect place. ”
Jenkins ended up playing a total of 149 games (147 for the Crows) and scored 296 goals over the course of his career, a far cry from his country’s football days and time spent on the Essendon rookie roster.
“I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished because three or four months before I was called to the Essendon rookie list I was playing country football for Lake Boga,” he said.
“I didn’t even have the AFL in mind so I’m very proud of what I’ve been able to do.”