Jack Richardson's journey to Old Launcestonians took him from Hawthorn to Richmond and back again.
Three times a day for three-and-a-half months.
A former Cambridge Primary and Hutchins School student in Hobart, Richardson moved to Melbourne in 2017 to study photography, but instead found himself focusing on weight loss.
"I wasn't really happy within myself, I was very unfit, I was a pretty big guy and I kind of compared myself to others my age," said Richardson, who has spent the past two years playing for TSL club North Hobart.
"I was still playing footy at the time but at that weight I wasn't performing the best I wanted to.
"Really the motivation was just setting goals each week, weighing myself once a week and that's obviously changed my life around.
"It's obviously improved a bit in football as well."
During those three-and-a-half months, Richardson shed an incredible 40 kilos off his frame - purely by walking daily and eating healthier.
"I was walking two to three times a day - I would walk from Hawthorn to Richmond and back which was about 3.5km there, 3.5km back," he said.
"There's a bit of a hill on the walk, so I did a little bit of running after I lost a bit of weight and felt a bit more confident in myself.
"But it was mainly walking and slow jogs."
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Despite flourishing at his new weight, Richardson has still experienced hurdles in footy with two relatively serious injuries - a bulging disc in his back and a broken collarbone - affecting the start and end of his past two seasons.
After moving to the North of the state for university a couple of months ago before rounding out this season playing reserves for Scottsdale, Richardson landed at Invermay Park with Old Launcestonians.
The ex-Demon, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Wednesday, said he was excited to see what he could offer new coach Laine Cleaver as the Blues plot another jump up the NTFA division one pecking order.
"I'm six-foot one so I can play like a wing, midfielder and forward role," he said.
"I've got a good mark so I can rotate through those positions and I'm a good crumber so I can kick the ball out of packs and all that, so I'm hoping to bring a good midfield-forward role to them."
Old Launcestonians made their first finals appearance in five years this season, falling in an elimination final to Evandale.
Former South Launceston premiership player Cleaver took over the head coach role a month ago when Paul Beechey stepped down after two years in the job.