MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Host Bruce McAvaney addresses the crowd during the 2016 Brownlow Medal Count at the Crown Palladium on September 26, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Veteran commentator Bruce McAvaney is set to hand over the Brownlow Medal hosting duties to Hamish McLachlan.

McAvaney has MC’d the event since 1998 but was excited to pass the baton over to fellow Channel Seven caller McLachlan.

“With great excitement and confidence, I’m looking forward to Hamish making Brownlow night his own,” he told Confidential.

“Hame’s love for the game, and everything about the game, well qualify him for this task. He’ll do a great job.”

McAvaney moves on as host of the big event to prepare for his busy upcoming schedule, including the horse racing coverage, and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

McLachlan was humbled to take over the duties.

“It’s both exciting and very daunting at the same time,” McLachlan told Confidential.

“He is, in my view, the best sports broadcaster this country has seen — one of the best the world’s seen.

“His Brownlow hosting, and the interview with the winner, has always been a highlight of the footy year. Bruce is an impossible act to follow.

“Although he is focusing his energies on so many other projects, Bruce has said to me he’ll always be on the end of the line to help in the lead up — an offer I’ll be taking up more times than he hopes, I’m sure.”