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Premier suggests Tasmanian team could replace struggling club

The AFL has spent millions setting up expansion outfits Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney, and continues to support debt-ridden clubs such as St Kilda.

“They have had clubs that they have had to support in other areas of the country for a long period of time, that they have had to pour money into,” Gutwein said.

“Now is an opportunity for the AFL to actually start with a blank sheet of paper and to determine that they should have a national competition in the future and that Tasmania should have an AFL team at some stage in the future – and for them to consider whether some of those outlying clubs that they have poured so much money into are part of the AFL’s future moving forward.”

Gutwein also confirmed he had spoken to McLachlan about the possibility of basing a quarantine hub in Tasmania as the AFL looks for a way to restart the 2020 season.


But Tasmania is yet to receive full details about which party would foot the bill and Gutwein questioned whether there would be an economic benefit to hosting a hub, especially if matches were played without crowds.

“I suspect that it may, largely, be very small,” Gutwein said.

“In fact, it may even come with a cost, so I want those things to be answered first and foremost before we engage and put forward a firm proposal.”


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