Legendary Seven sports commentator Bruce McAvaney is stepping back from the microphone, ending his AFL calling.
“I felt like I got to a stage in my career where I had to reduce my workload,” he told 7NEWS.
“I’m going to miss it enormously, I just visualise when Richmond and Carlton run out there in round one, and the ball is bounced, I’m going to climb a wall somewhere.
“I’m going to have to move on and just be a fan like everybody else.”
While he will still be a part of Seven’s AFL team, he won’t call matches. But he will also commentate the Tokyo Olympics mid year.
McAvaney said his decision has not been driven by health.
In 2017 he revealed details of his fight with leukaemia – an illness he continues to manage.
“[I’m] certainly not anything close to retirement, it’s just a new phase, where I cut back slightly, and anything I’m asked to do at Seven I’m going to do with the same enthusiasm and same commitment,” he explained.
McAvaney was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2002. He was also inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Quill Awards.