Fox Footy today announced that recently retired Fremantle champion, Matthew Pavlich, will swap his purple playing kit for a commentary suit in 2017 in a massive coup for Australia’s only dedicated AFL channel.
The 353-game legend joins the game’s leading commentary team after hanging up his playing boots in 2016. Pavlich said he can’t wait to be a part of the Fox Footy family in 2017 and beyond.
“I felt a lot of fulfilment after 17 years of playing AFL and now I’m ready to pursue the next chapter of my career. I’m really excited to be part of Fox Footy and their coverage this season.
“I’m ready to get stuck into my commentary role and work alongside some of the most experienced commentators and former players in the industry, whilst covering the game I love,” Pavlich said.
General Manager Fox Footy, Michael Neill, said Pavlich would offer a new level of insight into both Perth-based teams, as well as providing fans with a fresh perspective on the game having just stepped off the field.
“Matthew Pavlich is one of our game’s greatest competitors, a loyal and stoic modern-day champion who AFL fans loved to watch. His passion and leadership shone through on the footy field and we know he’ll bring those same qualities to his commentary.
“Pav will bring our West Australian fans even greater insight and analysis into their clubs, whilst offering a wealth of wisdom and understanding of what the modern AFL player goes through,” Mr Neill said.
Pavlich, a six-time All-Australian, captained the Dockers from 2007-2015, and was the club’s leading goal kicker on an incredible eight occasions, amassing 700 career goals and was the first WA-based player to reach 350 games.
The Fremantle and AFL Life Member will start his new role as an expert commentator during Fox Footy’s coverage of the JLT Community Series, beginning Thursday 16 February.
Pavlich will bolster Fox Footy’s team of expert commentators and analysts which includes: Eddie McGuire, Sandy Roberts, Jonathan Brown, Dermott Brereton, Jason Dunstall, Mark Ricciuto, David King, Brad Johnson, Gerard Whately, Gerard Healy, Ben Dixon, Cameron Mooney, Danny Frawley, Anthony Hudson, David Parkin, Mark Maclure, Tony Shaw, Dwayne Russell, Mark Robinson, Jon Ralph and Alastair Lynch.
2017 JLT COMMUNITY SERIES
Begins Thursday 16 February, 6.30pm AEDT, Collingwood v Essendon
2017 TOYOTA AFL PREMIERSHIP SEASON
Begins Thursday 23 March, 6.30pm AEDT, Carlton v Richmond
All games LIVE, with no ad-breaks during play on Fox Footy (channel 504 exclusive to Foxtel)