NORTH Melbourne threatened to spoil the party, but Collingwood father/son recruit Callum Brown was stoked to eventually end up at the Magpies.
The Kangaroos threw an unexpected spanner into the works when they offered pick No.35 for Brown at the NAB AFL Draft on Friday night.
But the Magpies matched the bid to ensure Brown would play at the same club where his father Gavin enjoyed so much success.
"It's pretty surreal right now," Callum Brown said on the club's website.
"I didn’t expect North Melbourne to bid.
"It means a lot, I've always wanted to play for Collingwood.
"To think it's actually come true is pretty crazy."
Emerging Magpies forward Darcy Moore, also a son of a famous Pie, was on hand to congratulate Brown soon after he was drafted.
The Brown name is synonymous with the Magpies.
Gavin Brown played 254 games for Collingwood, captained the club from 1994-98, is a member of the club's hall of fame and team of the century, and was a part of its premiership-winning team in 1990.
He said it was a relief when the Magpies confirmed they would select Callum.
"It's a bit of peace of mind, really," Brown said.
"And to play for the club that I played for many years ago now … it's a dream come true for Callum, but it's also that way for me and the family, too."
It was a similar scenario for Josh Daicos, the exciting small forward selected by the Magpies with the 57th overall pick in the draft.
"I'm in shock, it all feels pretty surreal," Daicos said.
"It's been a goal of mine for 18 years, you work towards it and you don't stop thinking about it.
"I couldn't believe it when they said Josh.
"There were a couple of Josh's in the draft, so when they finally read out the right one, it was the greatest moment of my life.
"It's something I've envisioned for a long time."
Josh's father Peter was a champion goalsneak for the Magpies, booting 549 goals in 250 games.
Peter told Josh – who turned 18 on Saturday – that the hard work starts now.
"It's about not taking things for granted," Peter said.
"Just work hard at his craft because there's always someone looking to take your place.
"Just be honest in your approach and things should fall into place.
"I think he will do well in a football environment.
"We couldn't be prouder of him."