ON SUNDAY, Tom McDonald will become Melbourne’s 26th player to run out for the 200th time in the Demon colours.

The milestone comes in McDonald’s 12th year at the club, first arriving at the Dees during the 2010 National Draft, where he was chosen with pick No.53.

He debuted for Melbourne in Round 23 of the 2011 AFL season and has since gone on to produce an impressive career as a versatile defender turned forward.

The 29-year-old reached the ultimate success in 2021 alongside his Melbourne teammates, becoming a part of the club's drought-breaking premiership team. 

During the week, McDonald joined the Gus & Gawny podcast and reflected on his career to date.

“It’s really cool to think that I’ve got to this point,” McDonald said.

“Having gone through all the different stuff that’s happened…I reckon it’s actually going to be a really cool thing to look back on.

“I was part of some of the very worst, part of some of the very best; I got to learn a few lessons about bouncing back, about resilience, about learning to deal with success, learning to deal with things that go wrong.

“It’s not a perfect career, but I’m more than happy to have called it mine.”

McDonald will run out with the Demons on Sunday at the MCG, with the on-field action set for 1:10pm (AEST).

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