HE'S a veteran of the VFL, but Marcus Marigliani has a schoolboy's enthusiasm as he contemplates the 2014 season.
In fact, he says he hasn't felt as excited about his football since Essendon drafted him in 2009.
The muscle-packed "Rigger'' signed at Port Melbourne last week, cutting ties with Sandringham after three seasons.
He was made captain of the Zebras this year and understood the prestige of the position. Players like Chad Liddell, David MacGeorge and Darren Mitchelson held it before him.
But ultimately it wasn't enough to keep him at Sandy. He'd become fed up with the alignment with St Kilda, thinking the development of Saints players took precedence over winning.
There were occasions this year, he said, when St Kilda players were taken off the ground and rested, leaving the Zebras down on numbers.