Former footy star and Channel Seven presenter lands exciting new job

  • Abbey Holmes has landed an exciting new job 
  • Former footy star will be on a panel of experts
  • She has been on Channel 7 for nine years 

Former AFLW player turned commentator Abbey Holmes has joined the AFL All-Australian selection panel and will also vote on the league’s Rising Star Award.

Holmes replaces former Geelong Cats premiership captain Cameron Ling, who is stepping down after 11 years on the panel, and will help select the All-Australian squad and team, the Mark of the Year, the Goal of the Year, and the Ron Evans Medal for the 2024 AFL Rising Star Award.

Elevation to new roles within the AFL will give the selection panel a new look, with new chief executive Andrew Dillon, football boss Laura Kane and operations manager Josh Mahoney joining Eddie Betts, Jude Bolton, Nathan Buckley, Kane Cornes, Glen Jakovich and Matthew Pavlich.

Holmes was a premiership player with the Adelaide Crows in 2017, playing each game in the inaugural AFLW season, having also played for the Waratah Football Club in the NTFL, becoming the league’s first woman to kick more than 100 goals in a season.

Following her playing career, Holmes has become a highly respected football commentator with the Seven Network.

Abbey Holmes (right) has landed an exciting new job, it has been announced

She will be part of an expert panel having spent nine years as a pundit on Channel Seven

She will be part of an expert panel having spent nine years as a pundit on Channel Seven

‘Abbey has enjoyed a decorated playing career and is now in her ninth season as an expert commentator and boundary rider with Channel 7. She analyses the game up close on a weekly basis,’ Dillon said.

‘We are delighted to have someone with her level of experience on the panel and her contributions will be incredibly valuable in selecting the best-performed players of the 2024 season.

‘On behalf of the AFL, I would like to thank Cameron Ling for his dedication and service as a selector over the past 11 seasons.’

Another Geelong premiership captain, Joel Selwood, has also joined the voting panel for the Rising Star.