West Coast list manager Brady Rawlings will join North Melbourne in December, but it remains unclear if he'll continue working with the Eagles until then.
West Coast coach Adam Simson has lost another trusted confidant from his hierarchy, with good friend Brady Rawlings to switch to North Melbourne at the end of the year.
Less than a year after losing assistant coach Sam Mitchell, the Eagles will need to find a new list manager after Rawlings accepted a deal to join North Melbourne as their new general manager of football.
He will replace the departing Cameron Joyce.
Rawlings is due to start working with North Melbourne in December, but it remains unclear whether he will continue to work with West Coast until then.
The Eagles may ask him to leave immediately in order to protect their intellectual property ahead of November's national draft.
When Simpson was named West Coast coach at the end of 2013, Rawlings was one of the first people he hired.
The pair formed a strong friendship during their playing days at North Melbourne.
Rawlings spent his first three years as an assistant coach under Simpson before moving into the list management role at the end of the 2016 season
Last week, Simpson described Rawlings as one of his great friends and said he would be disappointed to see him leave.