Tasmania's potential A-League inclusion has been endorsed by the competition's all-time leading scorer Besart Berisha.
Few players bring a broader perspective on the issue than the well-travelled, highly-experienced veteran who will headline the talent set to double the number of A-League matches played in Tasmania.
"Tasmania is part of Australia so it's very important to be a part of the A-League and we want supporters everywhere," Berisha said.
"We can create something special down in Tasmania. We want to make the game bigger and Tasmania can be a very important part in this.
"So why not? If this is a possibility, I don't see why we cannot do it in Tasmania. It's a place where a lot of people play the game and love the code.
"It's really important that we pick up the game and make it bigger."
In addition to a decade-long A-League career with Brisbane Roar, Melbourne Victory and now Western United, the 35-year-old brings a wealth of international experience from a unique multi-cultural background.
Born in the former Yugoslavia, Berisha grew up in Germany where he outclassed the likes of Mario Gomez and Lukas Podolski to win the national youth league's golden boot, played professionally in England, Denmark, Norway and Japan, represented both Kosovo and Albania internationally and has German citizenship.
The legacy of such travels is a strong conviction on where Australia's national soccer competition needs to head.
"We are one of the best leagues in Asia now and we must embrace more challenges because making it bigger will bring more players in from overseas," he said.
Tasmania is part of Australia so it's very important to be a part of the A-LeagueBesart Berisha
"We need to extend the league, maybe with a second division. In all the world, this game is number one and it's very important to create something special in Australia. We have the stadiums and I think we are heading towards a good place but we need to work harder to make the game bigger.
"There is a long way to go but I see a lot of positives in the game growing."
With so much playing experience around Australia, it is something of a novelty for Berisha to be playing in a city for the first time.
He played a pre-season game for Melbourne Victory against Sydney at North Hobart Oval in 2014 but is yet to visit Launceston.
"I remember that game and I'm looking forward to returning. I've been to a lot of stadiums in Australia and this is something new again. It's something I always love to experience in my career and I'm very grateful for that.
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"All the people living in Tasmania will get a chance to see the A-League and we're really happy to be able to bring games down there.
"I'm hoping we get a lot of supporters and we can share the occasion with them."
He said United were unfortunate to lose Sunday's clash with Wellington in the last minute but believes the new Victorian franchise is going well having joined the competition in 2019.
"Wellington played good football and got the win but I believe we could have got more out of it," he said of the 3-2 loss in Woollongong. "We are a good club that is happy to face new challenges and it's special to be part of that and help create a history and culture. That's very unique and we are doing well. The club is doing everything to be professional."
And with such a cosmopolitan background, where does Berisha feel he belongs?
"I've been travelling a lot, so many countries I've lived in for so long. I feel I am a bit Australian, I grew up in Germany and I am a citizen there. I am multi-cultural with a little bit of Australian and am happy to be here."
A-League fixtures at UTAS Stadium
5.05pm Saturday: Western United v Central Coast
7.05pm Thursday: Western United v Wellington Phoenix
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