AFL Tasmania’s northern talent presence is set for a major boost with two additional talent department staff to be added in the northern half of the state.

AFL Tasmania is excited to announce the appointment of Craig Notman as the new Football Manager and Jamie Hayward as the new North West Talent Manager. Notman will be based in Launceston along with recently appointed Northern Talent Manager, Darren Trevena, while Hayward will be based in AFL Tasmania’s Ulverstone office.

Mr Notman joins AFL Tasmania from TAC Cup program Oakleigh Chargers, where he has performed the role of Talent Manager since 2014, overseeing a highly successful Talented Pathway Program for in excess of 800 male and female players in the 12 to 18 age groups.

The former Oakleigh boss will take up the newly created Football Manager role that will oversee a revitalised talent pathway from Under 12s right through to a brand-new TAC Cup team. Tasmania’s new Football Manager is an expert in his field with a wealth of experience across over two decades in the football industry, including significant roles in the TAC Cup, at the AFL and the Melbourne Football Club.

Starting his career in administration at the Murray Bushrangers, it is also in some respects a home coming for Notman with the new Football Manager spending two years at AFL Tasmania as a Regional Development Manager in 2002-2004.  Notman then spent four years at the AFL as Talent Coordinator and then was Football Operations Manager at the Melbourne Football Club for five years.

The futures of Tasmania’s most promising young talent will be in good hands with Notman demonstrating excellence in high performance environments, with a proven record in working with elite football talent. Notman will lead AFL’s Talent department which includes Talent Managers Mathew Armstrong and the recently appointed pair Darren Trevena and Jamie Hayward. He will also play a pivotal part in the recruitment of the TAC Cup Coach.

AFL Tasmania CEO Trisha Squires said the recruitment of the credentialed Notman was a big boost.

“It is really exciting to welcome Craig (Notman) to the team to lead the talent department in an exciting period for Tasmanian talent with the introduction of the TAC Cup team.

“Craig brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role and I am really excited about what we can all achieve together.

“It is a really encouraging sign for the direction of AFL Tasmania that we have secured a talented leader in Craig, he knows Tasmania well and it is great to welcome him back to AFL Tasmania.”

Mr Notman will be heavily involved in the upcoming recruitment process for the TAC Cup Coach and will move down with his partner Tasmanian cyclist Belinda Goss and their two children.

Jamie Hayward joins AFL Tasmania as a dedicated talent resource on the north west coast. Hayward has demonstrated coaching excellence in the North West Football League (NWFL) with Ulverstone and representative squads. Mr Hayward won the NWFL the premiership last year and was recognised as Tasmania’s Coach of the Year at the Tasmanian Football Awards.

“We are really excited to have a dedicated talent manager on the north west coast, we think it is going to be a big boost for the region and for football.

“Jamie (Hayward) joining the team is extremely exciting and I know he is looking forward to working with talented footballers right across the region,” Ms Squires shared.