Australian football is one of the widely popular contact sports in Australia. Played between two teams of eighteen, the sport shares several similarities with Rugby. It takes guts and talent to succeed in a sport where tackles are flying every other second. Dermott Brereton is one of those who made the sport their own. Armed with an aggressive style of play, Brereton dominated the field. This earned him the title of one of the best players to have ever played the game. The man is a legend in Aussie Football and with 464 goals and five premiership appearances, it is safe to say his title is justified.
Dermott Hugh Brereton was born on the 19th of August 1964. While Bretton as born and raised in Australia, his parents Dermott Joseph Brereton and Jean Nancy Austin, are of Irish descent. The family later migrated to Australia and have been there ever since. Dermott had a troubled childhood as his father who was a heroin addict took his own life. He was raised alongside his two brothers David and Paul. The three brothers were not the best of friends and Dermott later revealed that he rarely talks to David and Paul committed suicide.
A career as a player:
Dermott Brereton enjoyed huge success during his time as a player. He began his career with the Hawthorn Football Club and debuted against North Melbourne in the 1982 finals series. A big-game performer, Dermott played his part in premierships in 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1991. Even though he was nicknamed as The Kid at the start of his career, he grew in the frame as the years rolled by. Renowned for his strong offensive abilities, Brereton won Hawthorn’s Best and Fairest award in 1985 and was also the team’s leading goalkicker in the same year. He was later awarded the All-Australian status in 1985.
Playing at a cost:
Bretton’s aggressive style came at a cost for him. He would often end games with broken ribs, hands and by the end of 1992, he was diagnosed with crippling chronic hip pain. Even though he retired a year later, he made a comeback with Sydney Swans in 1994. The stint proved unfavorable for him and he moved onto Collingwood. This was his final club where he played for 15 games before retiring for good.
A legend of the game, Bretton wasted no time in moving on with his life. He began his TV career starting with a six-year stint on a morning show hosted by veteran television performer, Ernie Sigley. He provided match commentary on several shows including The AFL Footy Show, The Age, and The Game. Bretton is currently involved Foxtel and has been with the channel ever since 2012.
Dermott Brereton has an estimated net worth of $10 million.
A working dad:
For the longest time, Bretton was a married man. Even though details about his wife have been hidden from the media, it is well known that the man has two children, a son named Devlin and a daughter named Keely. Bretton revealed that even though his wife has custody of their kids and he gets to spend time with them. Bretton wasted no time in moving on and briefly dated actress Nicky Whelan before moving on with his current girlfriend Steph. The pair have been together ever since 2014.