RICHMOND forward Nathan Brown says the pride he takes in notching 200 AFL games is amplified by the struggles he faced to overcome his horrific leg injury.
Ahead of the milestone - against Melbourne at the Telstra Dome on Sunday - Brown said it was only now, three years after badly breaking his leg, that he was starting to regain his best form.
"I'm probably not 100 per cent to where I was back in 2005 but close to it," Brown said.
"I think every week I'm feeling more comfortable and running out games really well, I played in the midfield on the weekend, so that's a step back to where I was playing, forward and midfield, back in 2005."
After sustaining the injury against the Demons in mid-2005, Brown made a short-lived return at the start of 2006, but missed much of that season and the first half of 2007 because of ongoing repercussions.
"I'm fairly proud of the way I've come back and played football," Brown said.
"It's been frustrating for the last two years not being able to play the football that I wanted to.
"I'm more proud now that I'm playing good football again, playing consistent football, because 2006, 2007 I wasn't able to give the team what I felt I needed to.
"The defensive side of my game wasn't good and it's just now that I'm starting to get my game back that I'm actually proud of where I've come from and what I've achieved."
To watch Nathan Brown reflect on his career so far, click here.