The AFL is reportedly in discussions with UK pop megastar Robbie Williams for its 2022 Grand Final entertainment, reports The Herald Sun.
Although nothing is yet official, the reports states the league has held talks with Williams on a multimillion-dollar deal for either its pre-game or halftime show for the September 24 showpiece event as the decider returns to the MCG.
Securing the 48-year-old would be a massive coup for the AFL, with Williams one of the world’s most popular performers.
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He’s sold more than 75 million albums worldwide including popular songs ‘Rock DJ’, ‘Feel’ and ‘Let Me Entertain You’ and is set to release another album, ‘Angels (XXV),’ in September.
Williams was reportedly in Melbourne last week for the valedictory dinner for retiring chief executive Greg O’Neill OAM, having been spotted at Southbank last Friday. It’s unclear if he spoke with AFL officials during his time in the country.
If a deal is struck an announcement is expected to be made in the coming weeks.
It comes as the Grand Final will return to its traditional afternoon time slot after being played in a twilight fixture over the least two Covid-impacted seasons where the decisioners were held in Brisbane and Perth respectively.
Abbe May, John Butler Trio and Baker Boy headlined the 2021 Grand Final entertainment, while in 2020 DMA’s, Sheppard, Cub Sport and Wolfmother performed.