AFL NSW-ACT chief executive Sam Graham is on the move.
Graham will finish with AFL NSW-ACT at the end of March after being appointed to a national role based in Melbourne.
Graham will return to Melbourne to take on the role of AFL's head of states and game development.
Graham held the AFL NSW-ACT chief executive position for the last five years, where he oversaw significant growth and investment in facilities.
"I am really looking forward to this exciting new challenge as head of states and game development, and it will give me the opportunity to collaborate with all our states and head office to drive growth for our game nationally," Graham said.
"I have loved every minute of my time as CEO of AFL NSW-ACT working with talented people who have helped us to drive record growth, where we now have more males, females and children playing AFL, than ever before in this market.
"Our game is in great shape in NSW-ACT with the Sydney Swans and the GWS Giants enjoying record membership numbers, female participation is second nationally behind Victoria, vital investment is being made in diversity and inclusion and we have strong relationships with local stakeholders and all levels of government, as we collaborate to address our code's facility shortage across metro Sydney.
"I will still have oversight of the growth of the game in this market, and I am confident that we have a strong plan and great people to continue the momentum we have built."
Graham will be responsible for leading all AFL's state bodies and the national game development team including community football, international, facilities, coaching and the diversity teams.
Graham will commence in his new role from the end of January and will transition back to Melbourne from Sydney with his wife Amanda and two boys by the end of March.
There is no word on a time frame to find Graham's replacement.