Speculation is rife that the Tasmanian State League will be disbanded from next season in favour of a full-time TAC Cup Mariners program and a possible Tasmanian team in the VFL or NEAFL.
However, TSL clubs remain in the dark as an AFL House-led committee continues to investigate the game’s future and talent pathways in Tasmania, with its findings expected on June 30.
North Launceston president Thane Brady said he is unsure of what the committee has in mind but said the Tasmanian government should become involved.
“The AFL should be showing respect to Tasmanians by making recommendations that are then reviewed by a committee formed by our state government,” he said.
“Tasmanians should be making decisions about the future of its people, not the AFL making decisions in their best interest. All other states have a state league to underpin the AFL.
“The TSL is the graduating school for our talent playing a critical role in creating professional environments to support the talent pathway.”
Launceston coach Sam Lonergan said a system cannot be changed unless there is something better to replace it, but forecast changes when the report is handed down.