Geelong great Gary Ablett is willing to throw his weight behind the latest push for a future Tasmanian AFL team.
The 35-year-old told The Sunday Examiner of his own interest from plans to explore Tasmania in his retirement.
"I do think it would work well down here," Ablett said of Tassie's inclusion. "There's still a lot more that needs to be looked into from the AFL.
"I don't know what the latest talk is at the moment whether there will be a team.
"But it seems that people love their footy this way like Geelong, so I am sure if there was ever a team started here, everyone will get behind it."
The Tasmanian government is rallying AFL support to establish the state's own club by 2026, including phasing out Hawthorn and North Melbourne home fixtures in Launceston and Hobart.
A Tasmanian AFL Taskforce has appointed homegrown icons Nick Riewoldt and Brendon Bolton to bolster a bid for as early as 2022.
Advocates for an AFL side in the state have made comparisons to Gold Coast's similar population to Tasmania but less passion for the game.
Gold Coast chief executive Mark Evans recently quelled speculation of a relocation, based on participation numbers that were "too compelling" for a Suns move south.
"It's hard to compare - I played for the Gold Coast for seven years where I did really enjoyed my time," he said.
"Hopefully there is room for another team. You never know we might have 18 teams in the league in four or five years' time with Tassie."
Ablett, a devout Christian, dodged around the reasons for liking a tweet of Israel Folau that caused the one-time GWS Giants footballer turned Wallabies outcast to break a rich Rugby Australia contact and pursue legal action over his religious views.
He was more forthcoming over an open letter apology from Wayne Carey after once criticising Ablett for selfishly playing on past his best.
"I haven't actually read the letter, but I was told about it," Ablett said. "It's always nice when an ex-great of the game says good things about your game. But for me, I'm never been searching for approval."