Gillon McLachlan set to announce stepping down as AFL chief executive

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AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan is set to step away from the game’s top job after eight years, reports The Age.

McLachlan called a press conference for mid-morning on Tuesday where he was expected to outline his departure plans and is reportedly keen to help choose his successor.

The Age reports that contenders to replace McLachlan from within the AFL include football boss Andrew Dillon and fellow executive Travis Auld.

McLachlan took over as AFL CEO in 2014 and has since left an impressive stamp on the game.

McLachlan took over the role in 2014 from Andrew Demtriou after previously serving as general manager of commercial operations (2003) and chief commercial officer (2008).

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His announcement comes just three days after the completion of the sixth AFLW season – a competition he was central to setting up in 2017.

There has been speculation he would stand down from the top job throughout the past two seasons, however he was committed to seeing the game through the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing challenges it presented.