Lorne struck gold when triple-premiership hero Sam Parsons wandered back into the club five rounds into the season.
The veteran forward, 35, had spent seven years out of the game before making his return to the coastal club this year.
Parsons played a key role in the club’s 2001, ‘06 and ‘07 premierships before hanging up the boots in his late 20s due to a troublesome groin and work commitments as a real estate agent.
But he said a desire to expose his young sons Finn, 5, and Leo, 3, to country footy led him to make his long-awaited return to the Dolphins.
“Out of the blue I came back five rounds in, I hadn’t trained for that many years,” Parsons said.
“I made it through my first training session for half an hour, the next one 45 minutes and then got a kick in the twos,” he said.
“It wasn’t about coming back to play in premierships or anything, it was just about getting involved again and bringing my young boys.”
Parsons kicked 13 goals in his first three reserves games, including a bag of 10 against the Western Eagles in round seven, to earn his first senior game in round 11.
He has kicked 18 goals in his eight senior games this year, and his best return was a seven-goal haul against Colac Imperials.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.