The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS -

MATTHEW Pavlich jokes he doesn’t have time to play AFL foot­ball – he’s too busy pre­par­ing for his new TV gig, run­ning two busi­nesses and look­ing af­ter his three kids.

One of four new sign­ings to Fox Footy’s com­men­tary team, the for­mer Fre­man­tle Dock­ers favourite will be back in the game in kind – re­cruited along with re­tired Swans and De­mons coach Paul Roos and for­mer play­ers Brian Lake (Western Bull­dogs and Hawthorn) and Nick Dal Santo (St Kilda and North Mel­bourne).

Hav­ing pre­pared well for life be­yond his play­ing days, the 35-year-old also boasts two univer­sity de­grees, as well as in­vest­ments in sports events and sta­dium wi-fi com­pa­nies.

If that sounds ex­haust­ing, ‘Pav’ has been on dad duty for the past six months, pulling his weight with wife Lau­ren as they raise three chil­dren un­der the age of four: daugh­ter Harper, 4, and sons Jack, 2 and William, six months.

As Fox Footy’s Perth­based com­men­ta­tor, he will pro­vide spe­cial com­ments for Dock­ers and West Coast Ea­gles home matches.

And just like his play­ing days, the start of the new sea­son has him ner­vous, not least be­cause of the new TV chal­lenge ahead of him.

“I think when I see the teams run out it [re­tire­ment] might hit me – the emo­tion and com­pet­i­tive juices will kick in,” he says.


THURS­DAY, 7.30PM, FOX FOOTY By Colin Vickery

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