Derryn Hinch backs Tassie AFL team “a million percent”
Justice Party senator Derryn Hinch has thrown his support behind a Tasmanian AFL Team, saying he backs the idea “one million percent”.
With the AFL’s most recent expansion clubs targeting new territory on the Gold Coast and in Western Sydney, Tasmania remains without a top-flight side despite being a foundation state of the game.
“The AFL should be pushed into having a Tasmanian team,” Senator Hinch told Macquarie Sports Radio‘s Cam Reddin.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten has pledged $25 million dollars towards the establishment of the state’s first AFL club if Labor wins the next election.
Funding would be conditional on the AFL granting a licence for standalone Tasmanian teams to compete in both the men’s and women’s AFL competitions.
“Some people might say that’s a lot of money, but we invest in football stadiums, we invest in sport. I think Tasmania is probably overdue for some of the love that has been spread around the mainland on sport,” Mr Shorten told Macquarie Sports Radio earlier this year.
While Senator Hinch said he is unsure about the Government pledging taxpayer’s money to make it happen, he believes Tasmania has gone far too long without its own professional football team.
“A whole state does not have a team. The Tasmanian Devils must be created,” Senator Hinch said.
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