MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 28: Geoff Walsh, Chief Executive of the Kangaroos, addresses the media after Jonathan Hay read a prepared statement during a press conference at the Telstra Dome on August 28, 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. Hay revealed that he suffers from bipolar depression, having been first diagnosed in 2003. Hay has been given indefinite leave by the Kangaroos to seek treatment for the illness. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

North Melbourne Director of Football Geoff Walsh has resigned from the club effective immediately, to join Collingwood as the Pies’ new General Manager of Football.

Walsh was head of the football department at Collingwood from 2006 to 2013 and has also held senior roles at Carlton, Fitzroy and North Melbourne.

“We are delighted to welcome Geoff back to the club,” Collingwood CEO Gary Pert said.

“’Walshy’ not only has a great knowledge of football, but an intrinsic knowledge of Collingwood, its people and its history, which is particularly relevant as we head into our 125th year.

“Geoff understands what is required to create a successful football environment. He played a pivotal role in building our last premiership team and under his watch the club featured in finals every year. I think that he is exactly the person Collingwood needs for a stable, seamless transition into 2017.”

“I know Nathan Buckley and the football department are looking forward to working alongside a man of Walshy’s experience and authority, as is our Board and administration team.”