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Essendon chief Xavier Campbell makes call on his future


Essendon chief Xavier Campbell has knocked back the chance to join the AFL and will remain at the Bombers.

Under the league’s new executive structure, a position as Marvel Stadium chief executive was created following the AFL’s purchase of the venue, with Campbell widely tipped to fill to the newly created role.

But as revealed at the club’s annual general meeting on Thursday night, Campbell will continue in the role at Essendon he’s filled since July 2014, when he took over from Ray Gunston.

“I’m delighted to announce tonight that Xavier has very recently reaffirmed his commitment to the role of chief executive officer at Essendon,” Essendon president Lindsay Tanner said at the AGM.

Meanwhile, Tanner himself revealed that 2020 season will be his last as president. “Tonight is my last AGM as president and next year my last as president,” Tanner said

“I did indicate when I took on the job that I saw it as a three to five year job.”

Tanner joined the board during the club’s controversial supplements saga in 2015 and began his presidency a year later.

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