AFL CEOs discuss stand-alone Tasmanian team
The prospect of Tasmania gaining their own team in the AFL was put on the agenda without notice at a meeting of clubs hosted by AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan on Thursday.
In a discussion about the progress of football in the Apple Isle that included the extent of Hawthorn and North Melbourne's presence in the state, the issue of a stand-alone team was raised with several club CEOs keen to canvass views on the contentious matter.
Hawthorn and North Melbourne have contracts lasting until 2021 to play four games apiece in the state with the Hawks playing at Launceston and the Kangaroos playing their home games in Hobart.
McLachlan reiterated a view he has expressed publicly that while it would be ideal for one club to play in Tasmania, the AFL was happy with the status quo and were not going to force the issue raising the question among those at the meeting as to whether a stand-alone team in Tasmania may come into being in the future if circumstances changed.