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It’s time to bring Tasmania into the AFL

Tasmania is the last remaining state to not feature an AFL team, and it’s about time it gets one.

Jake Kolodjashni representing Tasmania.
Now Geelong player Jake Kolodjashnij during the under 18 championships representing Tasmania. PHOTO: geelongcats.com.au

Tasmania deserves an AFL team, and it deserves it in the next 10 years.

Why? Because it’s a football state, and it’s guaranteed to be competitive.

The fact Tassie didn’t get one of the expansion licences out of the Gold Coast and GWS Giants was a complete farce.

Tasmania is a massive football state, and is the home to some of the all-time greats of our game.

Three-time Brownlow Medallist Ian Stewart, four-time premiership Hawk Rodney Eade, three-time premiership Lion Alastair Lynch and Richmond legend Matthew Richardson are just some of many players to come from Tasmania.

There’s also plenty of terrific current day players, including Jack Riewoldt, Hugh Greenwood, Ben Brown, the Kolodjashnij brothers Jake and Kade, and Jeremy Howe who all hail from the state.

At this point in time, the Gold Coast expansion is a failure.

It has suffered player loss after player loss, hasn’t featured in the finals once and has already started on a rebuild.

The Gold Coast is the Bermuda Triangle of sporting clubs in this country, with Gold Coast United folding in the A-League, the Gold Coast Titans far from successful in the NRL, and now the Suns.

However, they shouldn’t fold or relocate – none of the current sides should.

Tasmanian export and former Adelaide Crow Ian Callinan, speaking to One on One Sports SA earlier this year, said he’s eager to see one join the competition.

“People say they wouldn’t be able to support it, but at the end of the day, sponsors don’t have to necessarily come from Tasmania anyway,” he said.

“I think if they pump the money into the Gold Coast and GWS, then there’s no doubt a side down here would work.

“It’s just a matter of biting the bullet to be honest, and hopefully they do, and hopefully I’m alive to see it.”

Don’t let Tasmanian football down – it deserves it’s spot on the national stage.

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Jack grew up in Gawler, South Australia – just 45 minutes north of Adelaide – and has a passion for all things football and soccer. Jack has worked in the media for more than four years, and hosts his own sports show on Barossa radio station BBBfm. He previously played football for Elizabeth, South Gawler, Gawler Central and at junior level with Central District, and is a die-hard Port Adelaide fan.