LAURA WOODS has enjoyed a sensational rise in her broadcasting career.
But she now reveals how personal relationships have suffered.
Woods recently left talkSPORT after three years to become the new main presenter of TNT Sports.
But in 2009, Woods worked as a runner at Sky Sports before gaining experience in various roles in the sport.
Though Woods said her workaholic attitude got her where she wanted to be professionally, she acknowledged it came at the cost of her personal life.
Speak with The TelegraphShe said: “I would just make sure I always prioritize work. That’s what took me through television, through production, and it got me here.”
“And then, probably in the last couple of years, I realized that while I got where I wanted to be professionally, I probably got there at the expense of some of my personal relationships.”
“I feel like I haven’t spent enough time with my friends and family. I wasn’t focused on that part of my life as much as I wanted to.”
“You have complete understanding, but there are only so many birthdays, parties and weddings that you can miss. I would like to pay more attention to the topic.”
Woods added, “I look at my nieces and nephews and I’m like, ‘God, they’re growing up so fast and I don’t want to miss that.'” One of my nieces’ name is Margo.”
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“She wants to be a footballer – she’s crazy about Arsenal and Lionesses. She wears the Arsenal shirt every day.”
“I would like to take her to see the girls at Arsenal. I want to take them to some other games. If I have to work all the time, I can’t do that.”
“I think, you [family and friends] should be my priority and they always feel like my priority, even when I’ve worked so hard they’ve had to take a backseat.”
During her time at talkSPORT, Woods was twice voted National Presenter of the Year.
She co-wrote a tearful farewell to her show with Ally McCoist, for whom Woods had nothing but praise.
And she’s also delighted he’s joining her at TNT Sports, saying: “Ally is the best – and I’m so happy we’re reunited.”
“I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen. I tried to stay out of it…he’s just one of the most versatile and down to earth people I’ve ever met.”
“With Ally you have a bit of everything: the light and the shadow and this knowledge.”
“You could start talking about winking on the moon and it would have some kind of history.
“I don’t know anyone who can be that warm, funny and damn good at their job.”