Geoff Walsh at Collingwood training in December 2017. Picture: AFL Photos

AFL Executive General Manager Football Laura Kane is pleased to confirm the appointment of Geoff Walsh to the AFL Football Operations department in a football consultancy role. 

Walsh’s part-time consultancy with the AFL will include work across the AFL, AFLW, VFL and VFLW competitions and the Coates Talent League with key focus areas including informing the CBA Competitive Balance review.

He will assist the list management team with the ongoing work on the Tasmanian club list builds.

Walsh will undertake a review of the State Leagues and the evolution of the competitions along with the AFL’s Talent Pathways and draft concession process.

“Geoff is one the most respected football administrators in the game and his extensive experience across a number of clubs will bring further insight from clubland into the AFL.” Ms Kane said.

“Our AFL Football Operations department is continuing to take shape. Josh Mahoney has hit the ground running over the AFL finals series and the AFLW home and away season and we are on the eve of what is shaping up to be a highly competitive and entertaining AFLW finals series.

“Over the coming weeks we will make further announcements to finalise the resources across the football performance area.”

Josh Battle, Ross Lyon and Geoff Walsh speak during a St Kilda training session on November 21, 2022. Picture: Getty Images

Walsh brings over 37 years of club experience to the AFL, after holding senior football and administration leadership positions at Carlton, North Melbourne, Collingwood and most recently the St Kilda Football Club. 

He has also spent time as a sports consultant where he supported the Carlton and North Melbourne football clubs through their respective football program reviews in an advisory capacity.

“I am looking forward to joining the AFL and working with Laura and the team to ensure that we can set up the broader football portfolio for continued success.” Walsh said.

Walsh’s appointment comes as part of changes to the AFL football department following the transition of Andrew Dillon to Chief Executive Officer in October. Laura Kane was appointed as AFL EGM Football and Josh Mahoney as AFL GM Football Operations.