The AFL is set to step up its search for a new chief executive, with Gillon McLachlan setting a date when he leaves the League.
McLachlan took over from Andrew Demetriou in 2014 and was due to finish in the role at the end of the 2022 season.
However, complex issues such as the Hawthorn racism scandal and Tasmania’s proposed bid for a 19th license extended his tenure.
As the footballing world celebrates the first ‘Magic Round’ in Adelaide from April 13-16, McLachlan hopes to quietly step off the stage with one last legacy to leave the competition behind.
The news was announced to staff after discussions with AFL Commission Chairman Richard Goyder.
Goyder said in a statement that the League had created a shortlist of replacements with candidates from inside and outside the AFL world and asked McLachlan to extend his term.
“Furthermore, with several key priorities still in play, including finalizing a position on a 19th license for Tasmania, the player’s ABC and AFL response to Hawthorn’s allegations of racism, Gill agreed to delay his departure until the end of the Toyota AFL Premiership season Five celebrations in Adelaide,” he said.
“It is important that the AFL has continuity during this time as we continue to work on incredibly important and complex work for the industry.
“As you know, Gill originally committed to complete at the end of the year, and I thank him for agreeing to stay on in the leadership role for an additional period as we go through an extremely important time. “
He also said they hope to appoint the next chief executive early next year.
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