PAVLICH BACK IN THE GAME
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.
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THURSDAY, 7.30PM, FOX FOOTY By Colin Vickery