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McLachlan confirmed as new AFL CEO

Gillon McLachlan has been named as the new chief executive of the Australian Football League (AFL), the governing body of Aussie rules.

McLachlan, 40, succeeds outgoing CEO Andrew Demetriou who announced his resignation last month after more than 10 years in charge. McLachlan, who has served as the AFL’s chief operating officer, has been with the league since 2000.

AFL Commission chairman Mike Fitzpatrick confirmed the widely-expected news this (Wednesday) morning at a press conference at AFL House, adding that Demetriou will no longer remain with the AFL until the end of the season, with June 5 his new finishing date. McLachlan is not expected to appoint a deputy CEO.

“I understand the honour, I understand the responsibility, I understand the privilege of leading this code and this game,” McLachlan said. “The most pressing (matter) I can think of is continued support and structural improvement in our weaker clubs, having strong competition. I think also (it's) engaging with our fans and understanding the challenges and really, in my words, taking out any encumbrance whether financial or scheduling or logistical for them being able to pursue their passion and go to the football.”