Few players have shown themselves to be as ready for a career in the media while still playing as Luke Darcy. Today, Darcy is a well-respected commentator across TV, joining the Seven Network in 2012 and on radio with Triple M and their Hot Breakfast team.
His versatility has been a hallmark to date. Darcy has provided special comments on Ten’s AFL coverage since his retirement from AFL at the end of 2007. In that time he has co-hosted football programs One Week At A Time and The Fifth Quarter, the network’s coverage of the ANZ Netball Championships, and the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Currently, Darcy is now an employee of Channel 7 and commentates alongside Brian Taylor for blockbuster matches, often on Saturday nights.
Darcy was hand picked to be a part of Triple M’s program Hot Breakfast, working alongside Eddie McGuire. Prior to the move, Darcy was a regular voice on SEN1116 and 3AW either side of his AFL career. Darcy is also part of Triple M’s AFL coverage, calling the action of Friday nights.
On-field, Darcy played over 200 games for the Western Bulldogs, following in the footsteps of his father David. He made his debut in 1994 and emerged as one of the AFL’s leading ruckman, winning the Bulldogs’ best and fairest award in 2001 before gaining All-Australian selection and winning the AFLPA MVP award in 2002.
Darcy endured two knee reconstructions in 2005-6 after assuming the captaincy of the club. Alongside his rehabilitation, Darcy honed his media skills with stints as part of Ten’s AFL coverage and on radio with 3AW. His understanding of the modern game, presentation skills and ability to interact with those on-air alongside has made Darcy a favourite among audiences.
His company, the Darcy Group owns some of Melbourne’s most iconic venues including the Precinct Hotel in Richmond, Motel in South Melbourne and the Melbourne Public at South Wharf. Darcy lives in Melbourne with wife Rebecca and children Sam, Sienna, Wilson and Max.