MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 20: Leigh Matthews attends the Sport Australia Hall of Fame at Crown Casino on October 20, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

Brisbane Lions legend Leigh Matthews has stepped down from his roles as Football Director and Deputy Chairman, but will remain a Director at the club.

Matthews told the board he would not be able to commit to the positions long-term as they were in conflict with his media roles.

“The Board was advised late last year that I would not be the official Football Director in 2017 as I believed doing that function well was in conflict with both the time commitment and effectiveness of my various media roles,” Matthews said.

“However, I am happy to remain on the Board and continue to help out where I can.”

Director Andrew Wellington will take on the role of Deputy Chairman. A replacement for the Football Director role will be discussed in the next board meeting.

Brisbane Lions Chairman Bob Sharpless said the Board respected Matthews’ decision.

“Leigh remains on the Board of the Brisbane Lions and he will continue to play a major role as we work our way back to relevance in AFL football,” Sharpless said.

“Leigh is an important figure in the game and he has a wide range of media commitments that take time and focus – as a Board we understand and respect his decision going into 2017.