Tasmanian AFL team ‘needs more thought’

A working group will be established to measure the feasibility of a Tasmanian-based AFL team, but officials aren’t making any promises.

A meeting of the AFL Commission in Hobart on Friday struck a deal with the Tasmanian government to work towards a “one-team model” for the state, but AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick said it was yet to be decided whether that would be an affiliation with a mainland club or an exclusive Apple Isle side.

“We’ve agreed to have the working party and we will just wait and see how it comes out,” he said, adding the group would also consider establishing an academy in Tasmania for rising stars.

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