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Players’ Association farewells President Luke Ball

The AFL Players’ Association congratulates President Luke Ball on his remarkable career. In an AFL journey spanning 13 seasons, Luke has contributed significantly to the game both on and off the field.

Ball succeeded Luke Power as President of the AFL Players’ Association in 2012.

“The legacies left by Luke will benefit players and the game for a long time to come” – Acting CEO Ian Prendergast

Acting CEO Ian Prendergast said, “Luke has been a huge contributor to the game, and will be a big loss.

“In addition to his many on field achievements, which include a captaincy, best and fairest, All-Australian and a premiership, Bally has been a strong leader in representing players on all matters of the game.

“On behalf of all at the Players’ Association, and the players we represent, I would like to thank Luke for his momentous contribution. Luke has been highly regarded by PA members for his ongoing work with key industry stakeholders that has ensured players have maintained a strong voice on all major issues relating to players and the game.

“Luke has worked tirelessly with the PA board and staff to ensure the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) reflects the position of players in the industry, as well as continuously striving for outcomes that deliver a first class sporting workplace for all players so that AFL remains the sporting career of choice for athletes in Australia.

“The legacies left by Luke will benefit players and the game for a long time to come,” said Prendergast.

Luke Ball will remain as AFL Players’ President, working closely with the current board and management, until the AGM in March 2015.

A presentation recognising Luke’s contribution to the players and the game will be made at the AFL Players’ MVP Awards, held on Tuesday 9th September at Peninsula Docklands.