The AFL is on the cusp of announcing an independent review of the entire game.
The wide-ranging evaluation is expected to be discussed and approved when the AFL Commission meets on Wednesday.
It was proposed by Sydney Swans chairman Andrew Pridham during the year but there is widespread support from other clubs.
It’s understood the clubs see the review as timely given the challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Hundreds of jobs have been lost across the AFL, with costs at the top level slashed.
But the governing body managed to make up more than 90 per cent of the revenue expected to be lost when the competition was shut down in March.
The review, set to proceed in the new year, looms as an exercise independent of the AFL and its 18 clubs.
It will contemplate issues that face the entire industry for the next 20 or 30 years.
Despite the pandemic and shutdown the AFL has moved at pace in a number of areas.
McLachlan last month confirmed industry losses for 2020 would be “under $100 million”.
“I think the industry’s done an amazing job and I want to thank everyone who made a commitment to get us there,” McLachlan said.
“Staff, players, supporters, members keeping their memberships in, corporates, sponsors, broadcasters, everyone did their bit.
“The industry revenue was down substantially, but through the hard work of all those groups I mentioned we’re going to come out (with) aggregate industry losses that’ll be under $100 million.
“That is certainly a long way from where we thought, and that’s across all clubs and the league.”
Meanwhile, the AFL recently secured hundreds of millions of government dollars in funding to redevelop Marvel Stadium.