AFL TASMANIA is set to take its time in deciding which club will represent the state at next year's Foxtel Cup which pits state league premiers against each other.
Normally, the TSL premier would be the automatic choice but with South Launceston and its premiership playing group parting company after the grand final, it has created a conundrum for AFL Tas.
``We're still discussing that internally to work out who is actually going to represent Tassie in the Foxtel Cup,'' AFL Tasmanian general manager Shaun Young said.
``There are only two scenarios that can occur - one is that Burnie Football Club represents us as the other grand final participant or if the majority of the South Launceston playing group transitions across to the new club.
``That could be taken into consideration because that playing group has earned the right through their achievements throughout the season.''
Young said AFL Tasmania was in no rush and might not decide until just before Christmas.
He said the last meeting between the AFL Tasmania board and club presidents early in grand final week had been productive.
``It was an extremely positive meeting with all the club presidents and we're all on the same page moving forward to 2014,'' he said.
``There were some discussion points that have now been answered by our board of management and we're full steam ahead for next season.''
Young hoped that AFL Tasmania would be in a position to announce the new TSL Prospect club branding including name, colours and jumper within the next two to four weeks.
``There are still a couple of vacancies on the board so that is part of the process - it is still a work in progress,'' he said.
Meanwhile, South Launceston ruckman Cody Thorp will miss the first four matches of the 2014 State League season after receiving a hefty penalty from the TSL tribunal for a striking charge arising from the grand final against Burnie.
Thorp was reported for striking Burnie ruckman Jason Laycock by the match review panel with the charge assessed as a level 4 offence which carries a 325-point penalty.
Thorp had 93.75 points hanging over him from a previous report.
With an early guilty plea plus loading from previous suspensions he was left with a 472.5-point penalty which equated to four matches and 72.50 points carried over to next season.