Adelaide tall forward Brett Burton has been appointed as the new president of the AFL Players’ Association (AFLPA).
AFLPA CEO Matthew Finnis announced at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) earlier this evening that Brett Burton will be leading the players association as the twelfth president. Burton, having spent time as the Vice President of the AFLPA will be replacing Joel Bowden who retired from the position of president and as a member of the Executive Committee.
Burton said he was completed honored to be elected into the position of president and said that he wanted to “contribute to the improvement of players and improvement of football in general”. He also said that he thought he was “well placed to help drive an agenda that will lead to the players’ talent, skill and effort – and the value it brings to the game”.
Since his debut for the Adelaide Crows in 1999, Brett Burton has player a total of 171 games and has kicked a total of 256 goals. He was a player delegate from 2000-2005 and in 2005 became a member of the AFLPA Executive Committee.
During the meeting three new players were also elected into the Committee; Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich, Hawthorn’s Brad Sewell and Drew Petrie from North Melbourne. These three replace Joel Bowden, Tom Harley and Collingwood’s skipper Nick Maxwell.
The AFL Players’ Association Executive Committee is made up of the following members:
Brett Burton: Adelaide (President)
Luke Power: Brisbane
Luke Ball: Collingwood
Matthew Pavlich: Fremantle
Brad Sewell: Hawthorn
Drew Petrie: North Melbourne
Adam Goodes: Sydney
Robert Murphy: Western Bulldogs
Ashley Hansen: West Coast
Simon Madden: Past Player Representative
Matthew Finnis: AFLPA CEO