Gill McLachlan to stay with AFL, will not take up NRL CEO role
The AFL’s Chief Operating Officer Gill McLachlan has advised the AFL Commission that he will remain in his position, effectively ruling out a move to the NRL CEO job, following David Gallop’s departure.
AFL Media Relations manager Patrick Keane made the announcement a short time ago.
McLachlan was in the target sights of the Australian Rugby League Commission and had emerged the clear frontrunner for the job, with the potential move recently talked up by ARLC chairman John Grant.
However, in a statement made on Tuesday afternoon, McLachlan said he continued to enjoy the challenges associated with developing and growing Australian football.
“There is still much to achieve at the AFL as we continue to strategically position the code for ongoing growth in popularity and participation,” he said.
AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou said he was pleased that McLachlan would remain a key member of the AFL executive.
“Gill has played an important role in many of the AFL’s significant commercial outcomes in recent years and still has much to contribute to the AFL’s future strategic direction.”
It is believed as recently as yesterday three names were being considered for the NRL job – with interim CEO Shane Mattiske not one of them. With McLachlan not an option, Racing NSW boss Peter V’landys as well as Panthers Group chief executive Warren Wilson appear to be the other chances.
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