Former Magpies player Jolly on new season of The Block

FORMER North Ballarat Football Club player Darren Jolly will make his reality television debut on Sunday night.

The AFL premiership player, who hails from Lexton, will join four couples as they tackle an abandoned 1980s office building for the next series of The Block.

With a passion for building and renovation, Jolly decided to begin studies in building and construction after his departure from the Collingwood Football Club at the end of the 2013 season.

Having just completed renovating their Victorian property in Melbourne, Jolly and his wife Deanne couldn’t resist applying for the next series of The Block.

“After footy finished there were wild thoughts of what to do next,” he said.

“We love The Block, so we thought let’s just give it a go and apply.”

The Blockheads are set to renovate the most complex block yet, a 3540 square metre glasshouse building in Prahran.

“We were under no illusion it was going to be easy,” he said.

“The state that the office was in, it was a mess, and the size and scale of it was extensive.”

Married for 10 years, Jolly said it was an advantage to know each other’s tricks as they overcome pressures to convert the Prahran office into individual apartments.

“De is a great interior designer, so we agreed I wouldn’t get involved in the style side and she wouldn’t get involved in the building works,” he said.

The Block Glasshouse airs Sunday on WINTV at 6.30pm.

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