Two-time Geelong premiership Captain Tom Harley was renowned for his courage, leadership and footy knowledge throughout his AFL career.
He brings great character and style to his role and delivers forthright, honest and eloquent commentary.
For teams chasing the ultimate success of a premiership in 2012, Tom offers this advice:
"Team balance. It is the old adage, ‘you don’t need to be the best team all year to win the flag, you need to be the best in September’. This has been true in the past couple of years and will be again."
Tom expects to see very few, if any, genuine A-grade players play every game as the teams with depth rest players where they can in order to keep everyone fresh for September action.
And he notes this will also impact on the chances of some stars winning the Brownlow.
"If this is the case, the winner could be a gun from a lower ranked team – but I think Gazza, Pendlebury, Selwood, Mitchell, Judd and Watson will all be around the mark."
In terms of on-field tactics this year, Tom believes the team that dominates "time in forward half" and "repeat inside 50s" will win more often than not.
Looking at the premiership fancies in 2012, Tom says it is always hard to look past the reigning premiers and 2012 will be no different.
"The Cats will be right up there again. The Pies will want to rebound but I think it might be the year of the Hawks – the gutwrenching preliminary final loss to the Pies might just be the fuel to ignite their 2012 season."
On the lighter side of the goings-on among the commentary team last year, Tom notes that it is more comfortable in the box than out in the elements.
"All I will say is, I made my debut as field expert in Sydney when the Swans played the Tigers. Dennis tried to tell me that I was foolish to relinquish my spot upstairs and he was right. It bucketed down and I was freezing! I have so much respect for the
In a career spanning 12 seasons, Harley captained two premierships with Geelong, was vice-captain of the 2008 All Australian team, captained South Australia’s state of origin team and was voted the AFLPA’s best captain in 2008.