NTFL eyes off slice of TSL

Written By miftah nugraha on Kamis, 01 Agustus 2013 | 19.55

AFL Tasmania has offered the NTFL half of Devonport's State League licence for free.

The NTFL board will vote on whether or not to accept the offer on Tuesday.

In what is shaping as a watershed moment for Tasmanian football, a second-tier body would own half of a TSL club.

The offer was made at the last night's meeting on the North-West Coast between the potential stakeholders involved in sharing the now vacant Devonport licence, after the northern Magpies announced they no longer want to operate it by themselves.

Under the proposal, AFL Tasmania would own 50 per cent of the Devonport licence and the NTFL would own the other half.

The two bodies would create a new club, with its own board, and use players and resources from NTFL clubs East Devonport, Ulverstone, Latrobe, and also Devonport, which hopes to drop back to become the seventh team in the NTFL.

AFL Tasmania CEO Scott Wade said today the offer had the in-principle support of Latrobe, East Devonport, Devonport and Ulverstone.

"The NTFL is rightly very proud of their competition and its overall value to the region," Wade said.

"If ratified by their full board, the NTFL should also be strongly commended for taking what is a massive step forward in respect to securing the future of their competition and more importantly positioning themselves as legitimate leaders in Tasmanian football.

"The easiest decision for the NTFL to take would be to just concentrate on what is best for their own six-club competition, however, the in-principle decision to work in partnership with AFL Tasmania in the interests of the greater good of the game clearly demonstrates the NTFL's willingness and commitment to legitimate regional leadership of AFL football."

NTFL president Andrew Richardson said it was time to think big.

"The future success of AFL football in Tasmania will be based on regional and state leaders of our great game being able to work together to provide structures and pathways that satisfy both the talent and participation needs of players and their respective community clubs," Richardson said.

"We believe that it is very important that our North-West region has two clubs playing in the TSL, given that it is the pathway for our most talented young players to test themselves against the best players in the Northern and Southern regions, and the TSL is also the pathway to the AFL.

"This in-principle decision may also result in the Devonport Magpies returning to the NTFL in 2014 and increasing the size of the NTFL competition can only be good for the development of the NTFL competition moving forward."

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