JACK Gunston's move back to Hawthorn might seem like a rarity, but he's joined a club that has more members than you might think.
Just 12 months on from leaving the Hawks, Gunston found his way back to Waverley Park during the recent Continental Tyres AFL Trade Period and in doing so, joined the 'Players Who Returned to Their Original Club After Playing Elsewhere' Club.
Well, sort of.
While he's long been associated with the brown and gold, Gunston didn't actually begin his career at the Hawks.
He was originally drafted to Adelaide where he played 14 games across two seasons before landing at Hawthorn at the end of 2011.
But after three premierships, an All-Australian honour and a club champion award with the Hawks, Gunston made the move north, signing with the Lions as an unrestricted free agent for the 2023 season.
The 32-year-old has returned to the Hawks' nest a year later and in doing so, becomes the 22nd player who finished their career since 2000 to join the not-so-exclusive club.
Liam Jones found his way into the unique group at the end of last season when he signed with the Western Bulldogs as an unrestricted free agent.
He began his career at the Dogs, but after 66 games in six seasons he was traded to Carlton in exchange for pick No.46 (which was used to draft Caleb Daniel).
He clocked up 95 games in seven seasons at the Blues before sitting out 2022 under the League's COVID-19 vaccination mandate.
Gunston and Jones are now part of a surprisingly illustrious group that includes the likes of Eddie Betts (Carlton, Adelaide, Carlton), Gary Ablett jnr (Geelong, Gold Coast, Geelong) and Paul Salmon (Essendon, Hawthorn, Essendon).
Fremantle might be hoping history repeats itself with the bevy of players that have left the club in recent times, with the Dockers involved in more of these scenarios than any club over the past 23 years.
Adam McPhee, Peter Bell, Heath Black and Brad Wira have all returned to the club after going elsewhere.
But, the Dockers' association doesn't end there, with the club being the middle stop for three other players on the list – Trent Croad, Josh Carr and Chris Tarrant.
Here's a quick rundown of players who returned to their original clubs after a stint elsewhere.
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Geelong (2002-10), Gold Coast (2011-17), Geelong (2018-20)
Essendon (1987-1991), Geelong (1992-1999), Essendon (2000-2001)
Collingwood (2009-14), Brisbane (2015-18), Collingwood (2019-20)
Fremantle (1995), North Melbourne (1996-2000), Fremantle (2001-2008)
Carlton (2005-13), Adelaide (2014-19), Carlton (2020-21)
Fremantle (1997-2001), St Kilda (2002-2004), Fremantle (2005-2008)
Port Adelaide (2000-04), Fremantle (2005-08), Port Adelaide (2009-10)
Hawthorn (1998-2001), Fremantle (2002-03), Hawthorn (2004-08)
Adelaide (2010-11), Hawthorn (2012-22), Brisbane (2023), Hawthorn (2024-)
Essendon (1997-02), Melbourne (2002-05), Essendon (2006-07)
Western Bulldogs (2010-14), Carlton (2015-21), Western Bulldogs (2023-)
Port Adelaide (2007-10), Gold Coast (2011), Port Adelaide (2015-17)
Geelong (1994-96), Hawthorn (1997-2001), Geelong (2002-03)
North Melbourne (1993-2001), Carlton (2002-03), North Melbourne (2004)
Fremantle (2001-02), Essendon (2003-09), Fremantle (2010-12)
Western Bulldogs (1997-99), Port Adelaide (2000-2005), Western Bulldogs (2006-07)
Richmond (1994-95), Carlton (1996-00), Geelong (2001), Carlton (2002-03), Essendon (2004-05)
North Melbourne (2002), Brisbane (2003-04), North Melbourne (2005-11)
Essendon (1983-95), Hawthorn (1996-2000), Essendon (2002)
Gold Coast (2011-15), Geelong (2016-19), Gold Coast (2020-21)
Collingwood (1998-06), Fremantle (2007-10), Collingwood (2011-12)
Fremantle (1995), Western Bulldogs (1996-98), Fremantle (1999-2001)