Q. North Launceston president Thane Brady has come out in support of Peter Gutwein's call for a parliamentary inquiry into football in the state. What is AFL Tasmania's response or position on that inquiry call?
A. AFL Tasmania doesn't see the need for a parliamentary inquiry into football, particularly given the state of our economy, health, education etc ... However, if it happens we think football will be the winner.
Q. With the withdrawal of Hobart from the inner-city licence, why can't North Hobart take over the sole licence in its own right without having to form a new club?
A. When we announced the Hobart City TSL joint venture between Hobart and North Hobart back in August 2012, we were very clear that if one or both of the clubs withdrew from the partnership that AFL Tasmania would take up either 50 per cent or 100 per cent ownership of the new Hobart City Football Club.
The withdrawal of Hobart changes very little from our perspective, we have a new board led by Greg Barns and we are well advanced in terms of a couple of key appointments and announcements within the next month or so.
Q. In regards to the South Launceston situation, who approached the South playing group to sign them up to the new licence for next season?
A. No one approached the South Launceston players.
Mitch Thorp and his team are a united and committed group and all they want to do is to stick together and play football at the highest level in Tasmania.
The recent pledge from the players is just an indication of their commitment to the TSL and to stick together.
Q. How can players be approached and signed up when they are currently registered and playing with another club?
A. Players sign contracts etc ... mid season regularly. This scenario is quite different, as far as the players are concerned, they will be sticking together, no matter what the club is called or what jumper they wear.
Q. Can any club now approach any South player and try to sign them up for next year?
Q. Is there a conflict of interest in the situation given that Daniel Smedley is an employee of AFL Tasmania and you hold a 50 per cent stake in the new licence?
A. No. AFL Tasmania doesn't actually employ Daniel, he runs his own business and we have contracted his services in support of the South Launceston Football Club.
From AFL Tasmania's perspective Daniel has done a very good job under very difficult circumstances. There isn't a conflict from AFL Tasmania's perspective.
We own the competition and for us to intervene whenever necessary is what we will do anytime a club needs support and guidance.
Q. Word is that AFL Tas has guaranteed South players their match payments for this season if they sign with the new Prospect club - can you confirm or deny that?
A. No guarantees have been provided. The individual circumstances of each player is always taken into consideration whenever they commit to a new contract or club, that is standard practice. The new club must comply with the competition's salary cap rules.