AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick at AFL House in Melbourne.
AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick at AFL House in Melbourne. JULIAN SMITH

McLachlan pays tribute to outgoing AFL chairman

AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick has retired from the AFL commission.

Fitzpatrick announced his resignation at a meeting in Sydney last Thursday and will be replaced by Richard Goyder on April 4.

Fitzpatrick spent 14 years on the AFL commission, 10 as chairman.

Under his watch, the commission oversaw the establishment of two new clubs, three media rights negotiations, the purchase of Etihad Stadium and the launch of the AFLW competition.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan paid tribute to the outgoing Fitzpatrick.

"Mike was at his best under pressure, and I will always appreciate his calmness and directness when things were challenging," McLachlan said.

"His great legacies are his love for the game, and his backing of the management team to make big decisions to change and ultimately grow our competition."

Fitzpatrick, who played 97 games for Subiaco and 150 matches for Carlton in a decorated on-field career, said the AFLW was one of the finest moments of his time at the helm.

"We have always said that our game is a game for all, but the launch of the AFL Women's League ensures anyone growing up with the dream of playing AFL at the elite level can achieve that dream," Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick's last commission meeting will be on March 16.

News Corp Australia


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