Brady Grey believes his home state has got itself in the best position possible to be the "next cab off the rank" when and if the AFL expands its competition.
With the United We Stand pledge tally sitting at 61,256 on Monday (well above the 50,000 initial target to get provisional AFL and AFLW licenses), former Fremantle Docker Grey has praised the work of that campaign for helping drive the conversation on a national level.
"I've been following it on Twitter and watched all the fans jump on board, which has been great,'' said Grey, who played 21 games for Fremantle from 2014-18.
"It goes with the times and the amount of impact that social media has and with Tasmania are getting games down there, and with the North Melbourne AFLW being called North Melbourne Tasmanian Kangaroos, I do feel there is a shift with the AFL really taking more notice in what is happening down there.
"I guess with every push by the government, sponsors or whoever, it is going to keep growing, and whether that happens in my time and I can play or it is further down the road, it is certainly on the radar, and even in WA people are taking notice of what is happening down there.
"Whatever happens will happen, but I think Tasmania has put itself in a very good spot to be the next team off the rank when the AFL decides to expand the comp again."
Former Burnie Docker Grey said he was also excited about the idea of a Tasmanian AFLW team, a competition close to his heart after signing on to be part of West Coast's coaching panel after previously having a mentoring role at Fremantle.
"With the North Melbourne connection I think it is at least five or six (eight) girls running around there, so I think there is enough Tasmanian female talent starting to come through for it to work,'' Grey said.
"The game is only going to grow and if Tasmania is lucky enough to get its own team in the AFLW, there is certainly not going to be a shortage of home-grown Tasmanians who are going to be able to make it and be successful."
The state government's Tasmanian AFL Taskforce. which is chaired by Brett Godfrey, is aiming to present a business plan by the end of the year.