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BY ROSS BRUN­DRETT

WITH the footy sea­son about to kick off, Dave Hughes’ al­ready busy life will only get busier. He’ll be on telly seven nights a week and on break­fast ra­dio ev­ery week­day. Oh, and he’s ap­pear­ing in a show dur­ing the Com­edy Fes­ti­val most nights in April too. In be­tween, he’s got to find time for his wife Holly and two young chil­dren, Raf­ferty and Sadie. Did you think the gig was up on Be­fore the Game when Ten lost the footy rights? No, I knew we would stay on air, pretty much all the way through the ne­go­ti­a­tions. There was a bit of a shake-up with se­nior man­age­ment, but the new boss­was keen to lock us in be­cause the rat­ings were good and, you know, peo­ple love the show. Hard to be­lieve that this is the show’s 10th year. When you started, how long did you think it would last? We were happy to see it last a few weeks. We were called Af­ter the Game and didn’t come on un­til 10pm or so . . . on­cewe came on early, we sort of found our au­di­ence and away we went. The pro­gram is two episodes away from chalk­ing up 250 shows, will you all be run­ning through a ban­ner? Well, yeah, I’d like to think we could at least have a ban­ner . . . a show last­ing that long is rarer than any player mak­ing it to that mile­stone. You’re work­ing seven days a week now, has any­one told you that some­thing has got to give? Yeah, I think my wife might have said that a few times, well a lot of times, but I tell her that a lot of peo­ple have jobs where they never see their kids and I man­age to get home ev­ery day from 11am-1pm to spend some time­with them. Do you ever miss the old stand-up days? I do miss that life­style . . . sleep­ing in and loung­ing around and then shuf­fling off at 7pm or 8pm to talk a bit of rub­bish at a pub some­where in front of some plonkers. Yeah, I miss that all right. But you are do­ing a show for the Com­edy Fes­ti­val in Melbourne? It’s called The Come­back be­cause I didn’t do one last year. That’s go­ing to add to the work­load ob­vi­ously. I guess I am go­ing to be pretty tired by the end of April. Is there a dif­fer­ent dy­namic on Be­fore the Game com­pared with The Project? With Be­fore the Game there’s just the one is­sue you have to deal with, while with The Project, you’re jump­ing from one topic to an­other . . . but also footy is your pas­sion so it’s not so much like go­ing to work, although I make sure to tell my wife ev­ery Satur­day that I’m off to work; it sounds bet­ter than say­ing you are go­ing off with your mates to talk about footy! Be­fore The Game Chan­nel 10, Satur­day, 6.30pm

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