THE wait is over.

Sarah Hosking is back on deck after the Christmas break for another episode of the Behind the Game Changers podcast.

Newly minted co-captain Katie Loynes joins us in the studio to tell her story so far — with plenty of stitch ups along the way.

Episode guide:

0:30: The skipper is in the studio! Katie Loynes tells us about her Christmas break and her first month as co-captain.

3:40: Family, football and household rivalry: what was life like for a young Katie Loynes?

6:30: Katie looks back at her full-circle moment at the inaugural AFLW match at Ikon Park.

7:40: A stalwart of women’s football, Katie walks us through her football career from Berwick to Ikon Park.

11:00: A nervous wait for a childhood Blue: Katie tells her draft day story.

13:00: Tears on the podcast? Nearly. Katie talks about her mum’s impact on her football journey.

15:00: It wasn’t an easy road to the AFLW. Katie talks about how she overcame an injury-riddled start to her career to reach the highest level.

19:00: A teacher getting teased by the students? Katie talks balancing life as a secondary teacher and the quest for a blue tick.

22:00: Quick-fire questions: Sarah gets Katie’s hot take on the questions that matter around Carlton’s AFLW side.

28:30: Changing the future: this is what being a Game Changer means to Katie Loynes.