"I knew that I was such a better player than what I showed in my first three or four years at the club," Embley said.
"I always feel like the easiest thing about AFL footy was getting drafted. The hardest thing was making a career out of it.
"I was drinking a little bit of alcohol at the time.
"I nearly blew a chance in the early days, and I'm very thankful I didn't go to another club or I wasn't de-listed and I was able to make a career at this club, which means a hell of a lot to me."