Tasmania licence taskforce prepared to be patient on bid to become 19th AFL team as coronavirus bites

The man who put together the business case for a standalone AFL team in Tasmania says he has not given up hope of a team from the Apple Isle eventually winning a provisional licence to join the AFL despite the financial impact of the coronavirus shutdown.

However he said the bid – which did not argue for a merger or a relocation of an existing team – is not something the AFL should be thinking about right now as they attempt to steer the competition through the coronavirus pandemic and ensure an 18-team competition in its current form remains when matches resume.

Brett Godfrey chaired the AFL licence taskforce that submitted their business case to the Tasmanian government before Christmas. The plan was presented to the AFL in early February with Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein meeting AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan that month.

In a statement to The Age, Godfrey said those involved in the bid were happy to be patient.


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