MELBOURNE recruit Heritier Lumumba says he would not change his time at Collingwood for the world, although he admits his speech at the Pies’ club best and fairest didn't come out the way he hoped.
After finishing fourth in the 2014 Copeland Trophy, Lumumba gave a speech about the journey he had travelled at Collingwood, which included changing his name from Harry O'Brien to a name that recognises his cultural heritage.
A relaxed Lumumba laughed as he raised the issue that created headlines.
"I'm human and I make mistakes," Lumumba said.
"There was a lot of emotion in that speech. I wear my heart on my sleeve."
Lumumba said he left Collingwood with great memories and respect for the club and people within it, but that it was time for both parties to go their separate ways.
"[I] would not change it for the world. I learnt a lot about myself and [have] been able to develop qualities that I never thought that I would have," Lumumba said.
"This is the beginning of a new journey for me."
The 28-year-old said he saw a bright future for the Demons as he prepared to make a fresh start at the club after 199 games and a premiership with the Magpies.
"My first role here at this football club and my only role is as a footballer, and also to be a leader to share some of the experiences I have learnt at Collingwood," he said.