New Geelong ruckman Hamish McIntosh has claimed he had decided to leave North Melbourne half-way through the 2012 AFL season.
Speaking to the media on Friday during his joint media conference with fellow new Cat Jared Rivers, McIntosh reiterated he had left the Kangaroos because he did not believe he could play in the same team as Todd Goldstein due to the similar playing styles of the pair.
The 28-year-old only played seven games for North Melbourne in 2012 having suffered a knee injury in Round 7.
And as Goldstein continued to thrive as the Kangaroos' sole ruckman, McIntosh started to consider life away from Arden St.
"Todd and I probably weren't connecting well (at the start of the season) and then I went down injured and missed the rest of the year," McIntosh said.
"Probably from halfway through the year I realised that it was probably time to go and move on and look for other opportunities.
"When I heard about this opportunity to come to Geelong ... it's such a great club that I grabbed it with both hands."
McIntosh decided to have LARS surgery on his injured right knee in August and revealed he has begun running again and should start the first season of his three-year deal fully fit.
"I'll definitely be right to go by the start of the pre-season games," McIntosh said.
Rivers, who has joined Geelong as a free agent from Melbourne, is excited about playing in a defensive group with the likes of Harry Taylor and Tom Lonergan but scoffed at any comparison between him and retired full-back Matthew Scarlett.
"To be compared or to try and play a similar role to Scarlett is just ridiculous, I think," Rivers said.
"He's probably going to go down as one of the best full-backs of all time, so I'm just really grateful for the opportunity Geelong has given me, to play a role, whatever I can, in the backline."
The 28-year-old added he believes the Cats can provide him with a better opportunity to win a premiership than if he had stayed at the Demons.
"Over the last few years it's definitely been challenging, more so mentally than physically," Rivers said.
"Melbourne's been a great place for me for 10 years and I've got a lot of close mates there ... but really looking forward to the opportunity here."And to have some success here because I still think Geelong have got a really good list."