BREAKING news in the world of AFL, with Andrew Demetriou announcing he will stand down as chief executive at the end of the season.
While announcing his departure at a press conference in Melbourne he said “the growth of the game has been extraordinary, it’s been a wonderful journey full of challenges but I wouldn’t have had it any other way”.
AFL.com.au reported Demetriou (pictured courtesy of vietnamswans.com) will leave the game after 11 years in the top job, with his decision to resign coming after his most challenging 12 months.
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He took over from Wayne Jackson as League CEO in 2003, served as chief executive of the AFL Players Association between 1998 and 2000 and was then AFL football operations manager.
Demetriou also paid tribute to former Chairman Ron Evans and successor Mike Fitzpatrick.
AFL.com.au reported Demetriou said he told Fitzpatrick of his intention to quit when they were both at the NFL Super Bowl on February 2.
The AFL will engage an executive search company to find a replacement within two to three months.
The straw that broke the camel’s back reportedly the 2013 year, which was dominated by Essendon’s supplements saga.
On the field the Gold Coast Suns went down to Collingwood by 14 points in their final AFL pre-season match at Metricon Stadium.