The AFL’s first-ever female commentator Kelli Underwood is set to make her league return 10 years after her history-breaking debut, per the Herald Sun.
After joining Channel 10’s broadcast in 2009, Underwood said her latest appointment won’t be anything new.
“It has been a long time coming hasn’t it?” Underwood said.
“I’ve done all the AFLW seasons on Fox Footy, I’ve called for more than a decade now on ABC radio and I’m older, I’m more experienced.
“I’ve called hundreds and hundreds of games now and for me it’s my job, it’s what I do, so it was a no brainer.”
After speaking with Fox Sports director Steve Crawley, Underwood learnt she would be the broadcast’s latest match-caller.
Underwood said she hopes her new role will be just as worthwhile as her initial trailblazing job.
“I think it was just a handful of games (with Ten) but it was initially terrifying,’’ she said.
“Because the longest I’d been on TV before that was a 90 second news cross and suddenly you’re calling in a three hour broadcast.
“I look back and think oh my goodness it was such a big ask, but I have never regretted it. It’s opened so many doors and other opportunities have come from it.
“All I’ve ever wanted to do is be good at my job and earn people’s respect.”
Crawley acknowledged how exciting it is to have expert female broadcasters available to join his team.
“It’s 2020, it’s old fashioned to carry on about women in sport and I honestly believe that’s something people did a long time ago,’’ he said.
“If someone is good enough to call they’re good enough to call, it’s not about their gender.
“There’s no doubt that we will (use more women). The important thing is it’s never tokenism. I think the world is changing finally.”