TSL 2017: Blues ‘cheeky’ with Riley call

NEW SIGNING: Dylan Riley playing against Launceston earlier this year, a club that wants him on board next season.
NEW SIGNING: Dylan Riley playing against Launceston earlier this year, a club that wants him on board next season.

Devonport president Gerard Enniss says Launceston has been quite “cheeky” in announcing the recruitment of co-captain Dylan Riley who is still under contract at the Magpies.

“Launceston have jumped the gun with this one,’’ Enniss said on Monday.

“Launceston have put some forms in to talk and to make an offer to him, but there’s no clearance as of yet.

“While they have said ‘yes, he is playing here’, at the moment he is still our player, even though we do know somewhere down the track he might be their player.

“It is a bit cheeky what they have done, making a big deal out of it when nothing has been finalised as of yet.”

Demons faced

North Hobart Football Club is coming home after members voted to restore the historic club’s traditional name and jumper.

More than 90 per cent of the Demons’ membership voted 371 to 118 in favour of again playing as North Hobart.

Craig Martin, head of the Bring North Hobart Home campaign, said the club needed a mandate to address issues since being renamed the Hobart City Demons.

“The club can now move forward, united,” he said.

“The footy club’s board deserve a lot of credit for giving the members a vote on the issue because they would have known there was a good chance that the vote would go against their position that the club continue as Hobart City Demons. This is a great day for the North Hobart Football Club and its supporters.”

With 28 flags, NHFC is the second most successful club in Australia in a city-based competition, behind only the Port Adelaide Magpies.