After a whirlwind year, Richmond mid-season recruit Matt Parker says it's only fitting he's rounding out the season with the same team who helped him get his second opportunity at AFL level.
The midfielder/forward will run out with his former club, South Fremantle, this Saturday in the WAFL Grand Final.
Parker, 25, was temporarily released from Richmond last month to take part in the WAFL finals series with the Bulldogs, as they chase back-to-back premierships.
In what will be their third consecutive Grand Final, they'll face Subiaco this Saturday at Optus Stadium.
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It was at South Fremantle where Parker showed his wares at the start of year, averaging 20.4 disposals across seven games.
Just three days before he re-earned his spot on an AFL list and became a Tiger, he produced a sizzling best-on-ground performance against West Coast's reserves side, finishing with four goals from 26 possessions, nine marks and six inside-50s.
"The Bulldogs gave me a chance, and without the Bulldogs, I wouldn't be where I am today," he said when speaking on 'The Kennel' 91.3Sport FM this week.
"So, if I can help in any way I can to get that glory then I'll put my hand up straight away."
A WAFL premiership would be the cherry on top of a year Parker described as a "rollercoaster", but one he "wouldn't want any other way".
"It was good to get the win (in the Preliminary Final) and be off to the Grand Final," he said.
"It's an exciting week for everyone."
Parker joins Shai Bolton and Marlion Pickett as Bulldogs-turned-Tigers, while fellow West Australian teammates Liam Baker and Ben Miller both played with Subiaco.
The athletic Tiger has continued his strong form throughout the WAFL finals series, kicking two goals in the Bulldogs' one-point qualifying win over Claremont and collecting 26 disposals against Subiaco the following week.
After a costly slow start when the Bulldogs last faced Subiaco just a fortnight ago in their semi-final, Parker is confident the group can turn that result around after bursting out of the blocks against Claremont in last weekend's preliminary final win.
"We know they're a physical group, but we can be physical as well," Parker said.
"We know what they're going to bring and we what we're going to bring to the table."
Parker said he was looking forward to building on the six games he played in the Yellow and Black this year.
The former Saint made the most of his opportunities in his first season as a Tiger, averaging 13 disposals, three inside-50s and five tackles per game.
While acknowledging he has already learned plenty throughout his short time at Tigerland, Parker has most enjoyed the Club's tight-knit culture.
"At both Richmond and at South (Fremantle), we love the club and they're both family clubs," he said.
"So, for me, it's pretty special being at both clubs at the moment."
Saturday's WAFL Grand Final between South Fremantle and Subiaco kicks off at 3.20pm AWST (5.20pm AEST) and will be broadcast live on 7Plus.