Harvey Norman CEO Katie Page will sponsor the Auburn Giants­ AFL team

HIGH-flying businesswoman Katie Page is leaping into the AFL and sponsoring a team for the first time — a move which will surprise NRL bosses.

“Welcome to the dark side,’’ AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan joked yesterday as he greeted Ms Page at GWS Giants headquarters at Sydney Olympic Park.

Harvey Norman CEO Ms Page told The Daily Telegraph the retail giant would sponsor Auburn Giants­, Australia’s first predominantly Muslim women’s AFL team.

“We get approached to do a lot of things but we want to work with people who have the same mindset as us — community, grassroots, inclusion, bringing women through,’’ Ms Page said.

Ms Page, a former NRL commissioner, and her husband Gerry Harvey have long been heavily involved in rugby league.

Harvey Norman sponsored the NRL State of Origin series for 15 years to 2012. The retailer continues to back the NRL’s Women in League round and the Indigenous All Stars pre-season match.

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