Michael Walters says his elevation to the Dockers leadership group is an acknowledgement of the work he’s done both on and off field to become more of a man to both his teammates and family.

Five years ago, Walters (pictured) career was hanging by a thread when Dockers coach Ross Lyon relegated him to the WAFL for a lack of discipline in this training habits.

The 26 year old is now widely regarded as Freo’s most dedicated trainer and he says he takes great pride in being regarded as a role model at the club.