More than 2300 days after her last netball game for Warrnambool, a club favourite is back.
Danielle Keilar, formerly McLeod, shot 30 goals in Warrnambool's narrow loss to Koroit in the 2012 Hampden league grand final.
She then played one game for Dennington in the Warrnambool and District league in 2013 before a chronic back injury put her on the sidelines for the next six years.
Keilar, 27, thought she would never play netball again.
But about 12 months ago she saw a new specialist and gained access to new medication, only recently released in Australia, which seemed to "fix everything".
Keilar then started running about six months ago and said she now stood a fighting chance of lining up for the Blues in round one.
"I hurt my back originally when I was 17," she said.
"I remember playing one game in 2013 and immediately knew something wasn't right.
"But it feels pretty good now...and I just thought 'why not give it a go?'.
"So I'm hoping to get stuck into it and have a good year with the Blues."
Amy Wormald and Sarah O'Keeffe, who have just been re-appointed co-captains for the Blues, are the only players remaining from 2012, along with Jenna Graham.
But Keilar said she was excited to embrace the change.
"It's great to come back and meet some new people," she said.
And Blues coach Raewyn Poumako said Keilar's return could not be understated.
"It's massive for us to get her back to the club."Raewyn Poumako
"It's massive," she said.
"Dani is really valuable to us with her height, knowledge and ability to play both ends of the court.
"She has a really high profile within our club - everyone knows who she is because she's been very successful."
The Blues finished seventh on the Hampden league table in 2018 with seven wins and 11 losses.
But Poumako said the team had a strong core built around O'Keeffe, Wormald, Sinead Finck and Sarah Smith.
"Those girls have clicked together," she said.
The Blues will continue to develop young guns Jessica Thwaites, Matilda Fitzgerald and Ava Bishop in 2019.
"They will all play, train and have a run in the open side," Poumako said.
But the major key to breaking back into finals contention, Poumako said, was building on the team's flexibility.
"All our players can go in multiple positions," Poumako said.
"But we want to be able to do player match-ups against certain opposition sides if they have a star player to shut down."