Tasmania is an "untapped market" for elite soccer players according to Melbourne Victory who are launching a major recruitment drive in the state.
In the week that Tasmania extended its involvement in national basketball and netball competitions, it has been heralded as a lucrative breeding ground for both A-League and W-League talent.
Seven years after their last fly-in fixture in Launceston, the three-time premiers will return hoping to unearth more Tasmanian nuggets like midfielder Josh Hope.
Victory's academy general manager Drew Sherman said the club saw it as a responsibility to the state.
"We're heading down to Tasmania because we know there's a depth of talent down there," he said.
"For us it's a really important market place to start to identify and provide a clearer pathway for Tasmanian players.
"We know it is an untapped market. The A-League clubs have a duty to provide clearer pathways and there is no A-League presence in Tasmania for the time being so it's a responsibility for us and the way we represent the professional game and we're hopeful we will start to see a slow trickle across.
"We know there are a number of players based on recent history that will be at the (required) level and it's about unearthing them starting with our presence in Launceston in April."
Victory has joined forces with NPL Tasmania club Riverside Olympic to offer boys and girls aged between 9-14 an insight into its academy system on April 15-17.
Riverside's director of football Alex Gaetani was instrumental in creating the opportunity.
"Not only is Melbourne Victory arguably the most iconic and successful football club in Australia, but they are also renowned for their strong academy and elite development football programs," he said.
"We hope that through the partnership our young players and players in the surrounding areas are able to gain football experiences that they may not get elsewhere.
"Ultimately we would love for some of our players to catch the eye of the academy coaches and add to the other Tasmanians currently part of Melbourne Victory's academy and youth teams."
Former South Hobart and Zebras player Hope has played 25 A-League and eight AFC Champions League games since joining Victory.
"This is going to help Tasmanian football tremendously," he said. "It's probably the best opportunity you'll get in Tassie where we kind of get pushed aside a bit."
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