State League club representatives to meet with AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan and AFL Tasmania chief executive Trisha Squires.
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan and AFL Tasmania chief executive Trisha Squires.

Disgruntled State League clubs are being offered the chance to air their grievances directly to AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan.

Two approved representatives of the remaining seven TSL clubs will have the opportunity to attend the next meeting of the steering committee set up by the AFL in response to concerns about the state of Tasmanian football.

Nominations for the representatives will be made to AFL Tasmania chief executive Trisha Squires this week ahead of the meeting, which will be chaired by McLachlan at AFL House, next Wednesday.

The AFL will cover their travel expenses to Melbourne.

It is understood that McLachlan has written to the club presidents explaining the situation and implementing a new consultation process.

The move follows murmurings of discontent from the presidents questioning the role of the steering committee – which also includes high-profile Tasmanians Brendon Bolton and Nick Riewoldt – and fearing for the future of the State League.

A week ago, the presidents wrote to Squires requesting the competition continue, seeking a presence on the North-West Coast and improvements to the talent pathway with no additional drain on the existing $1.3 million funding.

Launceston coach Sam Lonergan told The Examiner on Saturday that the ongoing saga was a “massive distraction” for the TSL teams.