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Gillon McLachlan says the AFL needs more indigenous representation

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan admits the league needs more indigenous representation off the field.

The AFL chief executive said on 3AW the league was ‘very proud’ to have such a strong record on the field when it came to indigenous talent, but more needed to be done to keep players involved off it.

McLachlan joined Neil Mitchell in studio on Friday ahead of the league’s annual indigenous round of matches.

‘We’re very proud to have nine per cent of our playing list as indigenous, but we are under-represented in lots of areas,’ McLachlan said on 3AW.

‘In administration, in coaching, in the media and representation is important and is clearly on the agenda.’

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McLachlan went on to reveal he hadn’t spoken with outgoing senator Nova Peris about a job at the AFL.

The indigenous politician announced earlier this week she wouldn’t be contesting the July election.

She’s believed to be in the mix for a key role with the league.

‘I haven’t (spoken with her) but I think it’s clear she will be an applicant for the role,’ McLachlan said.

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