Eddie McGuire has taken goal on the AFL over its growth plans, saying golf equipment had been “lied to and misinformed” up to now because the competitors considers including Tasmania as its nineteenth staff.
The previous long-term Collingwood boss has been important of including a nineteenth staff, final week calling for the AFL to primarily merge the North Melbourne Kangaroos and a Tasmanian facet, which might share its schedule between Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium and the proposed $750 million Hobart Stadium.
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The proposal sparked a direct backlash in Tasmania, as Sport Minister Nic Avenue and former premier Peter Gutwein hit again at McGuire.
Avenue lashed McGuire for mentioning the merger plan when the AFL has mentioned it could be dedicated to a brand new franchise for the Apple Isle, whereas Gutwein labelled the ex-Pies president’s name as “bulls**t” as a result of Tasmania needs its personal staff to assist.
Talking on Channel 9’s Footy Categorised, McGuire mentioned he supported Tasmania getting its personal franchise. Nevertheless, he continued to forged doubt on the transfer, citing the AFL’s monitor document.
“That’s what they (Gutwein and Avenue) mentioned, that wasn’t what was being mentioned to me by senior AFL officers and senior membership officers,” McGuire mentioned.
“And much more to the purpose, from soccer division officers saying, ‘Perhaps there’s a bit on this (merger proposal) as a result of we’re all terrified about having one other 50 gamers and Tassie not being able to go along with the juniors coming via’.
“I wish to state it yet one more time. My first desire is for a stand-alone staff for Tasmania. However I’m not from the Free Beer Occasion. I do see the issues coming they usually’re coming quick.”
Veteran footy journalist Caroline Wilson mentioned the AFL wouldn’t make the identical errors with growth as they did with the GWS Giants and Gold Coast Suns.
The Giants struggled for the primary 4 seasons earlier than claiming their first finals spot of their fifth 12 months and making a grand remaining in 12 months eight.
The Suns have by no means completed above twelfth, and at the moment are of their twelfth season.
“There’s a gaggle of AFL heavy-hitters assembly on a really common foundation to speak about how a nineteenth staff will look so if and when it occurs the staff might be prepared,” Wilson informed Footy Categorised.
“They won’t make the identical errors they made with GWS and the Gold Coast. What gained’t occur is it being a bye like GWS and Gold Coast had been for thus a few years.
“They may work out a approach the place it’ll be palatable for golf equipment to commerce good gamers, skilled gamers, for draft picks.”
However McGuire mentioned the AFL doesn’t have a very good monitor document of bringing new golf equipment into the competitors.
“The AFL have botched each single entry into the competitors apart from Richmond in 1908 and the 2 Adelaide sides,” McGuire mentioned. “I’ve sat within the conferences and heard them stand up with all of the slide reveals and none of them have really ever made it.
“What’s occurred is, the golf equipment have given an excessive amount of energy in these conditions they usually have been lied to repeatedly or misinformed alongside the best way. Ten years it took to clean via GWS and the Gold Coast and we’re nonetheless not fairly there. I’m a supporter, I voted for it.
“We’d like to have the Tasmanian state of affairs, however what we don’t wish to do is find yourself with an entire lot of actually small groups struggling for the subsequent interval as a result of the TV rights cash gained’t be there the subsequent time round.
“No enterprise on this planet is increasing with much less enticing video games. Everybody’s contracting and going to blockbusters. The AFL may need bought it proper, however they’re the one organisation on this planet that’s doing it for the time being.
“What we’re saying is, it would occur and it is likely to be a catastrophe, so let’s try to get the very best end result. Hearken to individuals who really genuinely love Tasmanian soccer, who’ve regretted that it’s been pushed to the place it’s.
“However on the identical time, I’m not going to face right here and watch folks drive over a cliff and applaud on the best way via.”