TIM Martin's games-to-premiership ratio is the envy of many.
The Koroit defender has played in four flags in his first 99 senior matches for the Hampden league powerhouse.
Martin, 29, will run out for his 100th appearance in red, white and black when the Saints take on Hamilton Kangaroos in round one on Saturday.
He featured in four of the Saints' five-in-a-row, playing in 2014, '16, '17 and '18, but was squeezed out of the 2015 grand final side.
Appendix surgery almost derailed his 2016 grand final plans but he overcame the illness to earn a premiership medallion.
Martin, who joined Koroit from North Warrnambool Eagles in 2010, said it was an honour to reach a milestone at the Victoria Park-based club.
"I have loved my time there since 2010 and can't wait to wait to get into season 2019," he said.
Warrnambool-based Martin, an arborist and who is currently working at wind farms near Skipton, is also a keen water-skier.
But football has taken priority in recent years.
"The travel is a big commitment and being away from AFL grand final to Easter, I put it on the backburner a little bit," he said of water-skiing competitions.
"I still do it socially every now and then but footy is the main focus now and has been for the last few years and the results have been pretty good."
Martin is excited to run out alongside last-minute recruit and former AFL player Tom Couch against the Kangaroos.
He said the midfielder's commitment spoke volumes of Koroit's standing.
"That was a massive one. As Chris (McLaren) said, it came up out of the blue but definitely something we jumped at straight away," Martin said.
"To echo his words, it's a massive pat on the back for the club for someone of that calibre to want to come and play, having had next to no time with us.
"He's trained with us before and the reviews coming from (his cousin) Will (Couch) spoke highly. I can't wait to play with him this weekend."
Couch will join fellow newcomers Jack Gleeson and Rhys Raymond in the best 21 on Saturday with teenager Clem Nagorcka to make his senior debut.
The returning Dobson brothers - Ben and Sam - and James Gow will also run out, as will the elevated Frazer Robb and Jayden Whitehead.
McLaren is confident the Saints' three ruck options - Raymond, Jeremy Hausler and Daniel Roache - will work together well.
"It's got potential downside with ground-ball pressure but Hausler is so dangerous as a forward and Roache and Raymond can play at full-forward," he said.
"The thinking is we'll have a real fresh player in the ruck all the time."
Koroit has also welcomed back Blair McCutcheon who has returned from a short stint in Queensland.
McCutcheon had signed with NEAFL club Redland for the 2019 season but has opted to return home.
He won't play in round one but is expected to slot into the round two line-up.
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