Australian test captain Tim Paine has officially thrown his support behind Tasmanian media's United We Stand campaign for an AFL side.
Donning a Tasmanian football jumper ahead of the fifth Ashes Test at the Oval, Paine was considered good enough to be an AFL star as a junior but chose cricket and says it's time to "get them in the big league."
"I think it's time Tasmania had their own AFL team," Paine said in the video.
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- Sign the pledge here
"I think it's time all Tasmanians get behind the cause at unitedwestand.com.au. Get on there and pledge your allegiance to the Tasmanian Footy Club."
The 34-year-old gloveman recently became the first Australian captain since Steve Waugh in 2001 to retain the Ashes on English soil with a 185-run victory ensuring the urn returns to Australia.
Over 19,000 people have pledged their support for a Tasmanian side competing in the big league, with the goal of 50,000 set to get the AFL's attention.
To follow Paine's lead and sign the pledge, click here.
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