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Bruce McAvaney withdraws from AFL engagements with Channel 7

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Legendary broadcaster Bruce McAvaney has officially recalled his career as an AFL commentator.

McAvaney, 67, will not be in the comment area for the AFL 2021 season with Channel 7 after deciding it was a good time to take a step back.

To date, McAvaney has amassed 1,000 AFL games and called a total of 20 grand finals throughout his career, which began in 1978.

“I felt like I was reaching a point in my career where I needed to reduce my workload,” said hold 7 NEWS.

“I’m going to miss it a lot, I just visualize when Richmond and Carlton are running over there in the first round, and the ball bounces, I’m going to climb a wall somewhere.

“I’m going to have to move on and be just a fan like everyone else.”

James Brayshaw is expected to star as McAvaney alongside Brian Taylor.

McAvaney’s announcement today means that last year’s grand final between Richmond and Geelong was officially his last as an AFL call-up. It is understood that he will continue his engagements with horse racing and the Olympic Games.

His announcement to step down from his AFL engagements was greeted with a number of tributes from fans on social media.

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