Port Adelaide chairman David Koch has reportedly been touted as the next AFL chairman if the incumbent Richard Goyder steps away.

The position of AFL chairman is currently in the possession of Goyder, a businessman and sporting administrator who has held the role since 2017, when he replaced then-chair Mike Fitzpatrick.

Goyder previously capped a stint as the managing director of Westfarmers spanning 2005-17.

While juggling his duties as the AFL's chair, Goyder also holds the same position at Qantas, which has come under public fire in recent times for diminishing quality of customer service and overall reliability.

Goyder has also been criticised for his part in the AFL's handling of its new CEO hire, with the protracted search resulting in the introduction of outgoing boss Gillon McLachlan's second-in-command, Andrew Dillon.

If Goyder decides or is forced to step down from his prestigious position with the AFL, Koch would apparently be a welcomed addition by club bosses, according to a News Corp report authored by journalist Michael Warner on Thursday.

Koch has chaired his beloved Port Adelaide since 2012 and recently retired from his Sunrise co-host post following a storied television tenure branching from 2002-23.

"He's a very decent bloke who you can talk to and most importantly he understands clubs," a club chief is understood to have communicated to News Corp on Thursday.

"If the Qantas situation develops to the point where his (Goyder's) position as chairman became untenable then naturally the focus would shift to his suitability to lead the AFL."

There has been no official indication given by Goyder that he is preparing to depart his post, nor that Koch would be interested in taking on such a role.

Koch's Power, meantime, is preparing for a blockbuster qualifying final bout with the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba on Saturday night, as it looks to book a home preliminary final ticket.

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