Melbourne champion Brad Green came close to leaving the club in 2008.
Green met with Sydney, Carlton and Collingwood after the struggling Demons finished last on the ladder in Dean Bailey’s first season as senior coach.
But after much thought, Green decided to remain loyal to Melbourne, signing a three-year contract extension and going on to captain the club in 2011.
“It must have been after Dean’s first year,” Green told SEN’s This Is Your Sporting Life thanks to Tobin Brothers Funerals.
“I went and had meetings with Sydney, Carlton and Collingwood, and I probably got the closest to leaving to the Pies.
“That’s the closest I ever got to leaving the club.
“But in the end, loyalty is a big thing with me. I got to halfway through trade week, I walked into Dean Bailey’s office and I said, ‘I can’t do this anymore, I want to sign, I want to stay’.
“It was just eating me up the more I thought about leaving the club when they were at their lowest, and I wanted to help them get success.
“That’s the reason why I stayed. Loyalty was, and still is, a big thing for me. I wanted to stay, I wanted to help the club.”
Green, 40, debuted in 2000 played 254 games for the Demons, kicking 350 goals.