Members of the "Essendon 34" were permitted to return to their clubs today as their 12-month doping ban nears its conclusion.
Former Essendon, now Port Adelaide Ruckman Patty Ryder commemorated the milestone with a visit to club training quarters just after midnight.
Once the sun came up, players across the four affected clubs began to trickle through the facilities.
To the glee of long-suffering supporters.
And the players themselves.
Still no official word on Essendon Captain Jobe Watson but things are looking up, up! for the bombers.
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