AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan with new general manager of football operations Steven Hocking.
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan with new general manager of football operations Steven Hocking. Scott Barbour/AFL Media

Former Cat to take up role with AFL

THE AFL hopes highly regarded Geelong general manager of football Steven Hocking will bring a fresh eye, stability and the vision to lead the game into a new era as the league's football operations role after being announced to the position on Thursday.

Hocking, 52, is the replacement for Simon Lethlean, who quit the role in July in controversial circumstances after four months in the role.

Chief among Hocking's first items on the agenda will be a complete review of the match review panel, including the potential to take extra penalties away for challenging, and an assessment on whether the AFL keeps or bans the bounce.

He has strong opinions on both, but would not be drawn on them until he officially starts in the role.

Hocking said he was "humbled" to take on the role.

"I'm thrilled to be a part of the AFL and the broader game," he said.

"I had a fabulous job at Geelong ... The fact is I was keen to do the (AFL) role. I'm really looking forward to using the skills I've learnt at Geelong and placing them within this role at the AFL and working across 18 clubs."

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