Hodgman silent on AFL games in Tassie

PREMIER Will Hodgman has remained tight-lipped on the outcome of negotiations with North Melbourne Football Club chief executive Carl Dilena.

It is understood the two met in Hobart yesterday morning to discuss increasing the number of matches the AFL side is set to play in the state's South, and to hammer out a new, two-year deal between the Kangaroos and the government.

But Mr Hodgman would not provide details on the content of their conversation yesterday, simply saying the two men chatted about "football".

"I had a very positive meeting as a matter of course with North Melbourne Football Club," Mr Hodgman said.

"They are an important part of our football landscape in Tasmania and it's appropriate that we catch up."

The Premier said it was clear the government wanted to see more major events and attractions hosted in Tasmania, including football matches.

He would not be drawn into debate around sustaining two AFL sides in the state, saying the government had well- established relationships with both the Hawks and Kangaroos.

"The AFL have said themselves that it will be 10 years before we get a team based in Tasmania," Mr Hodgman said.

"We've got to make sure in that time we don't throw the baby out with the bath water, and keep hold of what we've got."

The Kangaroos declined to comment on any progress made through the negotiations.


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