Radical options being considered for AFL season, says chief executive Gillon McLachlan

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan has urged the league’s staff to reach out to him if they need during the coronavirus pandemic while confirming that “radical” options were being considered in a bid to complete the remainder of the 2020 season.

In a video message sent to AFL staff last week, McLachlan – working from home like most of the rest of society and sporting what he labelled a “George Michael beard” – also outlined details of the government’s $1500 JobKeeper package which he said would apply to all AFL staff who had either been stood down or were working on reduced hours, but would not be taken up by the AFL’s executive or senior leaders.

“This isolation is a new thing. You sort of end up with a George Michael beard. I hope you’re taking the time to exercise, because that’s appropriate, doing what the government says. Doing the best you can to take care of yourselves. Reach out to friends, family, me, anyone you need to if you’re doing it tough,” McLachlan said in the video, which has been seen by The Age.

McLachlan showed that he was not immune to the challenges that come with working from home.


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