NORTH Hobart bowed out of the State League under its own entity yesterday with a 24-point win over Devonport, and it is already hedging its bets regarding its future.
The Demons have the opportunity to continue in the State League again next year in a joint licence with AFL Tasmania but president Bruce Free confirmed yesterday the club had also sought affiliation with the Southern Football League.
"We put the application in on Friday afternoon as a safeguard and we're now seeking a meeting with AFL Tasmania to talk about our future," Free said.
He said the club would then call a meeting of members who would be given the opportunity to decide in which direction the Demons went.
Free said there had been rumours flying around yesterday that North Hobart had withdrawn from the State League but he said that wasn't the case.
North Hobart players were jubilant when the final siren blew at the Devonport Oval yesterday, and they spent several minutes on the ground hugging each other.
"The players have had a tough couple of years together as they have had to endure continuous talk about the future of the club," he said.
As the players were leaving the ground, they hoisted Nathan Street shoulder high after the 29-year-old told them he wouldn't be playing at State League level next year.
Street is a 150-game player for North Hobart and is one of the most popular players at the club.
Devonport, like North Hobart has an uncertain future, but yesterday the Magpies started the game like they meant business, with the first goal coming from the boot of Beau Sharman barely a minute after the opening bounce.
The Magpies dominated the majority of the opening quarter before a late fightback by the Demons saw them take a four-point lead into the first break.
It was a free-flowing and entertaining game as the two teams traded goals with nine majors kicked between them in the second term with North Hobart leading by nine points at half time.
Again in the third term neither team could gain the ascendancy before a goal on the siren by Bane Shepherd gave the visitors a buffer of 11 points at the last change.
The last term belonged to North Hobart as Caden Wilson continued on his merry way in the forward line and the stronger bodies of Gareth Delaney, Hugh Williams, Brad Coad and Oliver Di Venuto started to make their presence felt.
Devonport had been gallant, and with so many young players in the team, there is some promise for the year if the club's future can be ironed out.
After kicking the opening goal, Sharman went on to be Devonport's most damaging forward finishing with five.