Richmond forward Jack Riewoldt doesn’t think he will still be playing in the AFL when Tasmania gets a side but he has made a strong case for his home state to finally receive a club.
As reported in The Age on Friday, a Tasmanian government-backed report has suggested a hypothetical timeline of five years as the earliest the state would be ready to host a club.
There is also talk of building a new 30,000 seat stadium at Macquarie Point in Hobart, a location Riewoldt said would put the ground closer to downtown Hobart than the MCG is to Melbourne’s CBD, while some home games would also go to Launceston in the state’s north.
“From the little parts I know it seems like we are on a completely straight path there [to having a team] and I say we because I am a Tasmanian and I’m really invested in the outcome of the report,” Riewoldt told media on Friday.
“We really don’t know when it will come but with the talent down there and the love for the game, it’s a no brainer in my eyes.”