The AFL is expected to fund more than $300 million into Tasmanian football as early as Thursday amid the state's continued push to secure the league's 19th license.
Expansion to the Apple Isle has been a major piece of discussions between the AFL and Tasmania's state government for the better part of a year, with funding for a new stadium a sticking point within talks for the island state to be home to the league's newest club.
As many as 10 powerful politicians combined this week to demand AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan to "do the right thing" and not force local taxpayers to fund a new stadium.
“Hey Gillon, here's an idea: give Tasmania the team without making us build a stadium,” a statement read.
“Tasmania is one of the founding football states and has a long history of making rich contributions to the national game.
“That is why we deserve a team of our own without having to make taxpayers pay for a stadium – something no other state has had to do to get a team.
“We are putting politics aside to make this plea: give Tasmania a licence, let us have our dream.”
McLachlan and the AFL are expected to inject north of $300 million into Tasmanian grassroots football and stadium development plans, with an announcement coming as early as Thursday, according to the ABC's Chris Rowbottom.
Labelled a "big day for Tasmanian football", Rowbottom revealed details on the AFL's potential funding for the state, which remains "contingent on Federal stadium funding".
A massive suite of funding for Tasmanian football incoming," Rowbottom tweeted.
"$300m+ over 10 years into AFL club, grassroots/game development, academies and a stadium contribution. ..but its contingent on Federal stadium funding."
"Tassie footy is about to go nuclear."
A massive suite of @afl funding for Tasmanian football incoming.
$300m+ over 10 years into AFL club, grassroots/game development, academies and a stadium contribution.
..but its contingent on Federal stadium funding.
— Chris Rowbottom (@chrisroww) February 22, 2023
McLachlan is expected to confirm details on the AFL's funding when he speaks at a Dialogue Tourism + Business Luncheon on Thursday.