PREMIER Lara Giddings has poured cold water on the Tasmanian expansion plans by North Melbourne Football Club, declaring herself to be very happy with the Hawthorn partnership.
The Kangaroos were in Hobart yesterday to announce a new sponsorship with zinc smelter Nyrstar, and met Ms Giddings alongside sponsors at an exclusive dinner on Tuesday night.
Chief executive Carl Dilena made no bones about the club's desire to grow Hobart-based games to three or four a season, but conceded it was out of his hands.
"There's so many stakeholders involved, including the AFL and we're waiting for a little bit of direction from them," Mr Dilena said.
"We're obviously keen to progress and look at further games in Hobart, which would be a progressive thing."
Earlier this year, AFL Tasmania promoted a vision for a one-team eight-game plan but Mr Dilena said he saw that as part of "everybody throwing their views on the table".
Mr Dilena said while he had discussed that plan with AFL Tasmania, they were not working together on an eight-game deal.
Ms Giddings said expansion was not on her agenda while there was "still a process to go through with the current agreement".
"We're very happy with the current arrangements with Hawthorn in the North and North Melbourne playing in the South - the two [Hobart Kangaroos] games we have are the two games we will continue to have for the foreseeable future," Ms Giddings said.
While the AFL is ultimately responsible for fixtures and a deal could be done without the state government's support, the level of funding required makes it unlikely.
Kangaroos coach Brad Scott said his role was to coach the football team and would play wherever his club was fixtured, but he felt a "groundswell of support for more matches in Hobart".