Madden Medallist Luke Power.
DESPITE having three premierships to his name, Luke Power doesn't rate himself as the league's best retiring player this season.
But he won the AFL Players' Association's Madden Medal ahead of modern day greats including Geelong's Matthew Scarlett and David Wojcinski, Melbourne's Brad Green and Hawthorn's Chance Bateman and Cameron Bruce.
What made him stand out was a decision he made 12 months ago. Then he had just announced his retirement from the Brisbane Lions, a club he said he will always love, to find himself on the precipice of a new frontier.
The league's new kids on the block Greater Western Sydney offered him a job as a playing coach, as well as the co-captaincy. It was an opportunity he seized with both hands.
''At the end of the day my decision to go to GWS was ... purely and simply the best thing for my family and career going forward,'' Power said.
''As I result I got to have a year where I played and coached and learnt a whole different side of the industry and now I have more skills to go out into life out of football. It's been terrific. I've enjoyed everything. I've upskilled, I've got much more knowledge on the game and what goes into it.
''It's probably one of the best decisions I've made. I don't necessarily think I'm the best player [retiring this year]. Obviously [the Madden Medal] takes into consideration a lot other things and I've been fortunate enough to have done a fair bit and have had the resources to been able to do a fair bit over my career.''
Power said he had learnt a lot this year from GWS senior assistant Mark Williams, and he praised his replacement Leon Cameron as being perfectly suited to the developing club.
But despite the the joy the Giants have given him, he said the Lions would forever hold a special place in his heart.
''I love the Lions. I love the club and love everything about it. It's been a huge part of my life and it's huge part of who I am because up until last year I had spent my entire adult life there.
''I consider myself blessed to have been part of the premiership teams and three in a row was pretty special.''
Power is on the board of the AFLPA, but said he dismissed himself from this year's Madden Medal voting. He also was ambassador for the Starlight Children's Foundation, which assists seriously ill children.
AFLPA chief executive Matt Finnis said Power was one of the finest individuals he has met.
''Not too many players retire with three premiership medals, 300 games and the accolade of captaincy at two different clubs.
''The respect he has earned from teammates across the board is testament to his endeavour, values and selfless approach to footy."