Gillon McLachlan to steer AFL into 2023

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Gillon McLachlan has agreed to a request from the AFL Commission to stay on as chief executive until 2023 as the league’s extensive search for his replacement continues.

McLachlan originally planned to step down at the end of this year but will remain in the role until the end of the fifth-round football celebration festival next season.

AFL staff and club chairmen were briefed on the change in plan by Commission Chairman Richard Goyder on Wednesday.

Goyder has asked McLachlan to lead the league through several key priorities that have yet to be completed.

Top of the list is the investigation into allegations of racism against Hawthorn officials.

The league is also negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement with AFL and AFLW players, and no decision has yet been made on whether a 19th license will be awarded to a new Tasmanian team.

Goyder told club presidents the league had interviewed CEO candidates from inside and outside the AFL industry, with McLachlan’s replacement due to be appointed early next year.

AFL leaders Travis Auld, Andrew Dillon and Kylie Rogers were all interviewed, as were club chief executives Brendon Gale (Richmond), Tom Harley (Sydney) and Dave Matthews (GWS).

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