Emergency compartmental surgery and a broken leg in Shanghai spelled a torrid run with injury for skipper Jarryn Geary in Season 2019.
But the horror patch wasn't enough to bring the skipper down, with the no-fuss defender voted in as captain for the fourth consecutive year in Season 2020.
Geary found himself a new role in the season restart, playing as a defensive forward to quell the opposition's most damaging half-backs.
Jason Johannisen, Sam Docherty and Brodie Smith all had their colours lowered by the wily veteran, who thrived in the largely unsung role.
A minor hamstring strain benched Geary for two weeks in the early part of the season, before the skipper returned for Thursday's prime-time fixture to jag two first-quarter goals against the Blues.
The resolute skipper – back at his customary half-back – notched up his 200th game against Hawthorn, adding another honour to the humble St Kilda leader's resumé.
Geary was selected by St Kilda with pick No. 58 in the 2006 Rookie Draft.
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