GEELONG president Colin Carter is hopeful Brian Cook will remain as chief executive as speculation mounts that he may join North Melbourne.
The Kangaroos have yet to secure a replacement for Eugene Arocca, who resigned in June.
Carter said the Cats would not stand in Cook's way should he decide to leave. ''I think that's what our attitude would be, particularly with people who have been long-serving employees,'' he told SEN yesterday.
''That's the way I was always treated by my bosses and I think it's a good way to deal with people. And it's the way we've dealt with people at the club in the past, people who have left who had contracts.
''Contracts give an employee security and, obviously, some times you've got to rely on it. But when people have been with you for a decade or more and been fantastic contributors to clubs and organisations, I think both sides have a commitment to do what's best for each other.''
Cook, 56, is on holidays in Nepal but denied he was interested in the role when contacted in August amid speculation the Kangaroos had intensified their pursuit of him.
He joined the Cats in 1999 and helped turn the once struggling club into a power on and off the field.
Ben Buckley, who will soon leave his role as chief executive of Football Federation Australia, had been touted as the favourite to return to the club he played with and replace Arocca. However, he has appeared to all but rule himself out.
Arocca was yesterday appointed chief executive of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sports.