Dayne Beams says he felt like the meat in the sandwich when Brisbane and Collingwood were negotiating his high-profile trade.
Beams, a Collingwood premiership player and their best-and-fairest winner two years ago, was the subject of one of the biggest deals in this month's trade period.
The onballer had a year left on his contract, but asked for a move north because his father Phillip has been ill this year with cancer.
Brisbane failed to meet an initial deadline set by the Magpies before the deal eventually went through.
"It hasn't been a decision I've made in the space of two weeks," Beams said.
"It's something I've thought about a lot through the year.
"To me, my family is everything.
"My decision was based purely around that and what was going to best for me, my missus and the rest of my family."