Q: How did you come to leave Channel 9 for Fox Footy? A: It was a combination of things. I had a great run with Getaway, but my real bread and butter is football. I thought, I could be selfish and keep travelling, but it would be wonderful to spend time with my little boy [ Devlin, 12]. I loved being at Nine, but to stay there would have been treading water. When [ Fox Footy] heard I was up for renewal at Nine, I got a call and it worked out beautifully. I come in here on a Thursday night [ for League Teams] and see the cheekiness of Tony Shaw, the smile of Brad Johnson and the absolute enjoyment David Parkin is getting. It’s a great job. Then on Saturdays I turn up to call a game of footy. I’m very happy. FEW have made the transition from AFL stardom to life outside the boundary as well as Dermott Brereton. The five- time Hawthorn premiership winner has used his abilities to carve out an impressive media career. After five years with Channel 9’ s Getaway, he jumped to Fox Footy as a match caller and League Teams regular. Q: There’s a lot of talk about preparing kids for what’s required of them intellectually to understand the game at AFL level. At the same time, we’ve seen guys of moderate intelligence with great football decision- making instincts . . . A: This is something I’ve never had a chance to expand on before. There’s a big difference between being educated at school and football intelligence. Doug Hawkins was uneducated. As a footballer, he was a uni graduate. Why he would run to certain spots, he probably couldn’t tell you. But he instinctively went to the right places. He had an intuitiveness for the game. Q: You will coach your son at Beaumaris. What kind of coaching style will you adopt? A: I will try to help them win, but I just want to see progression.