AFL sets deadline on Tasmanian expansion

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The AFL has confirmed a determination connected a caller standalone squad from Tasmania volition beryllium made successful aboriginal 2022.

That follows the release of the Carter Review earlier this month, which recommended the constitution of an AFL and AFLW squad successful the Apple Isle.

The study acceptable retired 3 options: a 19th license, the relocation of an existing Victorian team, oregon a Melbourne-based nine playing astir of its matches successful Tasmania.

Following a gathering betwixt AFL brag Gillon McLachlan and Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein, the AFL has committed to discussing the study with existing clubs successful September, earlier deciding the champion mode forward.

"We request to finalise the manufacture backing exemplary with the 18 clubs fixed the continuing interaction of the Covid pandemic, and person undertaken that erstwhile that enactment is done and we person worked done the steps identified by the Carter review, the AFL Commission volition enactment a presumption to the clubs for determination connected a licence for a squad to correspond Tasmania," McLachlan said successful a statement.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan (Getty)

The AFL brag had antecedently drawn the ire of Gutwein, aft helium suggested that relocation oregon a associated task was the "best chance" of a squad from Tasmania having success.

That connection resulted successful Gutwein threatening to prohibition the AFL from Tasmania wholly successful 2022.

"That contiguous effect from them I don't deliberation is bully enough," Gutwein said past week.

"This is unacceptable, I've been wide from the outset we request a timeline.

"We volition not finalise those contracts, we volition not rotation them implicit with Hawthorn and North Melbourne until we person a starting constituent from the AFL … successful regards to a caller Tasmanian AFL team."

This morning's announcement from the AFL means the agreements with Hawthorn and North Melbourne to play games successful Tasmania successful 2022 tin present beryllium rolled over.

This weekend, Launceston volition big AFL finals matches for the archetypal time, with Sydney to play GWS connected Saturday, and Essendon facing the Western Bulldogs connected Sunday.

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