'I've got to get better at being a dad': Former Footy Show host James Brayshaw opens up on why he split from Channel Nine

  • James Brayshaw left the Channel Nine this month after 11 years with the station
  • The father of four said it came after contract negotiations broke down 
  • The 49-year-old said that he wanted 'flexibility to do other things'
  •  Brayshaw will continue to call footy on Triple M and co-host the rush hour

From the outside looking in James Brayshaw had a job that millions around Australia could only dream of but the job took its toll.

The 49-year-old father-of-four was dumped from his role of calling the cricket and hosting The Footy Show by Channel Nine this month after contract negotiations broke down.

And Brayshaw has opened up, saying the dispute was never about money but the toll it took on his family. 

James Brayshaw has opened up on his departure from Channel Nine after 11 years saying he wanted 'flexibility to do other things'

'I've never once argued with Nine about money in the whole time I was there,' Brayshaw told The Age.

Brayshaw said the money he received was 'fine' but he wanted to be able to do 'other things' which Channel nine were not 'comfortable' with. 

Brayshaw who also recently stepped down from his position as chairman of North Melbourne Football Club said that he would now be able to spend more time with his four boys. 

Brayshaw was dumped from his role of calling the cricket and hosting The Footy Show by Channel Nine this month after contract negotiations broke down

Brayshaw said that he would now be able to spend more time with his four boys (pictured left with son George and right with son Fred)

Brayshaw (second from left) with member of the AFL Footy Show which he co-hosted for 11 years

'I've got to get better at being a dad, and a partner, being around a bit more, not being stressed and knackered when I am,' he said.

'That's the part of my life I've got horribly wrong for too long. That's priority number one.' 

A recent trip to Western Australia to visit his parents who he hadn't seen for two-and-a-half years was pivotal in Brayshaw realising that he had his work-life balance wrong.

Brayshaw split with his wife of 23 years in 2014 with much of his time taken up with various media commitments.

The former state cricketer has been involved with television for 16 years now and his parting with Channel Nine comes after 11 years with the station.

Brayshaw will continue to call footy on Triple M and co-host the rush hour.

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