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Outgoing AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has revealed he wants to stay in footy after he finally steps down from his post - by coaching a junior team.
The 49-year-old is expected to be at a loose end when he finally walks away from running the league in October, after announcing his resignation in April last year.
There has been plenty of speculation about his next career move, with reports he is a leading candidate to run Brisbane's 2032 Olympics - but his first priority after leaving the job is seeing whether he can cut it running a side for his local club in Melbourne.
'I want to coach a football team. Not just be [a] runner or a fill-in coach but but be a proper coach of a junior team and actually spend more time at the club with my kids,' he said at the Melbourne Cricket Club's Norm Smith Oration night on Thursday.
McLachlan (pictured with wife Laura and their children Sydney, Edie, Cleo and Luna after announcing his resignation last April) is keen to see if he can cut it as a footy coach
The 49-year-old wants to take charge of a junior side near his home in Melbourne's upmarket inner south-east, not least so he can spend more time with his kids
'[I want] to see if my passion and privilege to