The Paul Roos effect has not been enough to keep Colin Sylvia at Melbourne, with the enigmatic midfielder-forward choosing to join Fremantle as an unrestricted free agent.
The Dockers on Thursday morning confirmed the uncontracted 27-year-old had nominated them as the club he wished to joint from the Demons.
New coach Roos said he wished to keep Sylvia at the club, although the night before Roos' appointment was announced Sylvia gave a reflective speech at the best-and-fairest awards that suggested a departure was likely.
Sylvia joined the Demons a decade ago as the No.3 draft pick. While he has shown glimpses of his immense talent in that time he has yet to consistently perform to his lofty expectation, and has also had some off-field indiscretions.
When Brent Moloney won the Demons' best-and-fairest award in 2011 he pointedly made reference to close friend Sylvia in his acceptance speech.
"Hopefully I see you standing up here because if you put it together you'll win one of these," Moloney said.
This year Sylvia finished fifth in Melbourne's the best-and-fairest award, and also won the club ambassador award for his regular community work.