Former cricketer and AFL player Simon O’Donnell will replace James Brayshaw as host of Nine’s Sunday Footy Show (AFL).
“With a schedule that includes The Footy Show, MMM’s The Rush Hour, calling MMM footy, the 2012 Olympics Games and steering the ship at North Melbourne, James has earned a much needed sleep-in on Sundays,” said Tim Cleary, GTV9’s Head of Content.
“Simon is a great all-rounder who loves his sport, especially footy. He’s the perfect host to keep the team on its toes and it’s great to have him back.”
O’Donnell first joined The Sunday Footy Show in 1993.
“The opportunity arose to work with Nine over the winter months on The Sunday Footy Show and I am thrilled to be rejoining the team in its milestone year,” he said.
Joining O’Donnell are new recruit Matthew Lloyd, regulars Billy Brownless, Shane Crawford, Nathan Brown and resident medico Dr Peter Larkins.
O’Donnell will also step down from hosting The Cricket Show but remains a member of Nine’s Spring Carnival broadcasting team.
“It’s been a great ride for the past 15 years, but with my private horse racing business commitments it’s impossible to work through summer and winter. So now seems like the right time to tackle a new challenge,” he said.