MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22: Colby Mckercher of the Devils in action during the NAB League Boys match between Oakleigh and Tasmania at Trevor Barker Beach Oval on May 22, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/AFL Photos/via Getty Images )

Backers of Tasmania's push for a place within the AFL's inner circle have called for clarity regarding a date for the historic president's vote to decide the southern state's fate.

Each of the competition's 18 Presidents were originally slated to sit and cast their ballots in August of this year, either welcoming the Apple Isle into the fold or consigning them to remain on the sidelines.

With less than a week left to run in the final month of winter, while supporters of the state's bid are said to be confident of securing a long-awaited nod, a specified date for the corks to fly and the bubbles to flow is yet to be relayed.

Reports from The Age on Sunday have stated that Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff remains in contact with AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan and other jurors within league headquarters.

Still, the state's Sports Minister Nic Street has claimed he, amongst others, is weary of waiting on tenterhooks as the league's kingmakers busy themselves negotiating updates to the game's upcoming broadcast deal.

“If they are not going to meet the August 31 deadline, then we would like a firm date when a decision will be made,” Street said.

“Everything they have communicated to us has been positive. We still believe in the bid, we still think we are going to get a yes, but, we would like to know when exactly that will be so we can put some planning in place for the introduction of a team.”

Having outlined their financial final line - a $150 million injection, dripped in over the course of 10 years - those on Salamanca Place believe their numbers to stack up.

“We’ve put forward a very strong bid and the AFL has said it is a strong bid,” Rockliff said.

“We believe that bid can support an AFL licence for Tasmania. We are still in discussions and there is a lot to work through.

“This is a significant government and taxpayer investment and we want to do our due diligence to get this right.”

However, one member of the jury, Collingwood's first-year President Jeff Browne announced to Zero Hanger earlier in the month that more than a simple seed of doubt remained in his mind.

“I doubt that the competition can afford to develop beyond GWSGold Coast and the AFLW at the moment, as they were all big investments in expansion,” Browne stated.

The former director of the Nine Network also stressed that he and his presidential peers remained in the dark about the specifics of Tasmania's final press.

“No details have been sent to the clubs,” Browne added.

“It is impossible to form any view ahead of knowing exactly what the proposal is.”

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Despite the chief Pie's vexation, McLachlan himself claimed that public goodwill and a genuine want for a 19th team from the footballing state was evident.

“When I go around talking publicly, which I do a lot, I ask who is supportive of this,” McLachlan told AFL Media this week.

“More than 80 per cent of every room I have spoken to wants a team in Tassie and these are Victorians or South Australians or West Australians [etc].

“People are very proud of our game being national and want to see a team in Tasmania and see themselves there as well.”

At present, upwards of 90,000 supporters have attached their signatures to Tasmania's push for a seat at the table, a fact which has warmed Rockliff's cockles across the course of winter.

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“We are over 90,000 signatures on the [bid] website,” Rockliff said.

“The vast majority of Tasmanians support the push for an AFL team, a team they can support and call their own. There are more than 90,000 members of AFL teams in Tasmania at the moment and we think we can convert them to members of the Tasmanian team - if and when it happens.”

You can add your support to the 'Believe Tasmanian' cause by signing said petition HERE.