SAM Dwyer has known the deep disappointment of being overlooked in a succession of AFL drafts.
So the Port Melbourne ace chose not to follow this morning's rookie selections.
He figured he would soon find out one way or another.
It came in the form of a phone call from Borough coach Gary Ayres.
He was bearing good news: Collingwood had taken the 26-year-old, granting him his long-held ambition to make an AFL list.
"Bit surprised. I didn't watch it or listen or anything like that," Dwyer said.
"I've just stayed at work (he is an electrician with Port team manager Steve Carr).