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Bowden out of running to become players' chief

Canberra Times logo Canberra Times 26/05/2014 Jon Pierik

Joel Bowden, the former Richmond defender, is no longer in the running to become the AFL Players Association’s new chief executive.
Bowden, who is the AFL’s game analysis manager and is on the match review panel, was told late week he would not be on the shortlist of candidates to replace Matt Finnis, who has taken charge of St Kilda.
Acting chief executive Ian Prendergast is on what is believed to be a five-person shortlist. There is speculation a chief executive from outside the football industry is another strong candidate.
Those in the running will be interviewed and then return for a formal presentation in the next fortnight.
The sub-committee comprises Andrew Twaites, the former chief executive of Betfair and now on the AFLPA’s advisory board, Tim Poole, the chairman of investment firm Continuity Capital Partners, of which AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick is also a non-executive director, AFLPA president Luke Ball and PA board members and players Brad Sewell and Daniel Jackson.
Finnis, before he joined the Saints, and Prendergast, the former Carlton player, lawyer and the PA’s general manager of player relations, have worked diligently this year on the mid-term review of the collective bargaining agreement.
If Prendergast is not given the role, the new CEO will have a little over two years to prepare for another round of pay and benefits discussions with the AFL.

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