MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28: Television commentators James Bartel (L) Brian Taylor (C) and Wayne Carey are seen during the AFL Round match between Richmond v Collingwood at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 28, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Channel 7 special comments panellist Wayne Carey is set to be replaced by Demons AFLW star Daisy Pearce in the program's Friday night prime timeslot for this season.

Pearce will join Hawks great Luke Hodge as a colour commentator to work in tandem with play-by-play callers James Brayshaw and Brian Taylor.

Pearce has been a welcomed addition to Channel 7's commentary structure in recent seasons, offering insight and analysis from the boundary line and in the studio.

The 33-year-old is now set to step into a greater limelight for the AFL season, earning a spot on the Friday night team, according to The Herald Sun.

The change will see Carey, who joined the broadcaster in 2014, pair with Tigers great Matthew Richardson for special comments on Saturday nights, while ex-Bulldog Luke Darcy and Channel 7 stalwart Hamish McLachlan lead the play calls.

“There are a number of changes that are going to happen and it’s just to freshen up the roster,” Channel 7's managing director Lewis Martin said at a recent Herald Sun Lunch.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 03: Daisy Pearce of the Demons celebrates on the final siren after winning the round one AFLW match between the Melbourne Demons and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Casey Fields on February 3, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

The Seven Network faced ongoing backlash from fans throughout the course of last season, namely placed toward personnel that have continued to play key roles in the free-to-air broadcasting schedule.

Pearce's promotion will look to rival that of counterpart broadcaster Fox Footy, who have added Collingwood great and ex-coach Nathan Buckley for the 2022 season.

Seven will continue to incorporate AFL greats Jobe Watson, Jimmy Bartel and Cameron Ling throughout their weekend broadcast, with Adelaide AFLW premiership player Abbey Holmes also set to be a retained feature.

The 2022 AFL season will begin on Wednesday, March 16 in a grand final rematch between the Demons and Bulldogs at the MCG.