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AFL fans weep: Cometti to hang up the microphone

9th February, 2016
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The AFL will sound a little different after the end of the 2016 season with veteran commentator Dennis Cometti confirming he will hang up the microphone.

The 66-year-old has been a chief caller since he joined the Seven Network in 1986, including a five-year stint with the Nine Network when they acquired the rights between 2002 and 2006.

The West Australian, who played 40 matches for West Perth in the WAFL before injuries prevented a career in the VFL in 1971, had previously hinted 2016 may be his last, and has now confirmed the move.

“I’m getting rather old these days and not so much tired of footy but certainly tired of travelling,” he told The West Australian.

“I think I’ve worked out, with the help of a couple of other people, I’ve spent about six years of my life living in hotels.

“That seems a waste. I don’t think there’s any chance this will change, so it is my final year and I’m looking forward to it.”

Prior to calling AFL with Seven, Cometti called Test cricket on the ABC for 13 seasons.