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Brad Scott is out of the running for the vacant Carlton head coach role after taking up a role in the AFL's football department.

Former North Melbourne mentor Scott appeared among the leading contenders to succeed David Teague at Carlton but has instead been appointed the AFL's general manager of football.

Scott will report to Andrew Dillon and work alongside Laura Kane, who has joined the AFL from the Kangaroos as the league's general manager of competition management.

Dillon had been the AFL's interim football department boss since Steve Hocking's July departure and he will take on the role permanently, adding football operations to his other portfolios - legal and integrity - while he will no longer run game development.

Scott most recently worked as the head of AFL Victoria after a decade as coach of at North Melbourne, who he led to two preliminary finals between 2010 and 2019.

His new portfolio includes umpiring, talent pathways, game analysis and list management, the match review officer, tribunal and review system, the competition committee and player education.

"Brad's transition from coaching to administrator over the last 18 months has impressed everyone he has worked with, both within our organisation, across the 18 clubs and within community football in Victoria," AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said.

"Brad has firsthand experience in dealing with all aspects of AFL football, from coming through our talent pathway program, to premiership player, assistant coach, senior coach and most recently as an AFL administrator, and his leadership and resilience throughout is what has set him apart."

Kane will be responsible for football operations and competition management for all AFL-run competitions, including AFL, AFLW, VFL and VFLW, along with COVID-19 management and football projects.

She was North Melbourne's general manager of strategy and football operations and was previously the Kangaroos' head of football operations.

Kane is a current member of the AFL competition committee and has also been part of the AFLW competition committee.