Dylan Buckley is a former AFL footballer who played 41 games (plus many more in the twos and a couple in the twos twos) for Carlton and GWS Giants across nine seasons. He experienced the highs and lows of the game, from getting drafted to the club he grew up supporting, winning an AFL Rising Star award nomination and kicking goals on the MCG, to the struggles of injury, self doubt and rejection (he was delisted twice).
Knowing the end of his football career was approaching, Dylan went in search of something away from the game that gave him professional purpose and the Dyl and Friends podcast was born. Since retiring from AFL football at the end of 2019, Dyl has sunk his energy into building the Dyl and Friends community through his podcast, social media accounts and line of apparel. When he’s not working on Dyl and Friends or completing other media commitments, you’ll find 27-year-old with his fiancé Justine and dog Frank (French bulldog) in Melbourne’s inner north where they live.
Dyl invites interesting and notable guests to share their stories in a humorous and lighthearted chat, with plenty of banter mixed in as well. It’s like a hug from an old mate, it’s incredibly warm, positive, and comforting. He touches on career and life highs and lows, taps into mindset and psyche and ultimately uncovers what makes his guests happy and successful. You don’t need to know the guests before listening, Dyl will have you thinking they’re your best mates when the 60 or so minutes is up. His infectious laugh, genuine care for his guests, and very friendly nature makes the listener feel truly like a friend of the show.