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W-League seen as our best bet with A-League

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TASMANIA’S prospects of being considered for A-League expansion are slim, but the­ state could make a play to get a W-League outfit.

That’s the view of Football Federation Tasmania chief executive Mike Palmer, who recently told the national Daily Football Show a bid for a Tasmanian W-League team had been discussed and deemed a far more realistic prospect than shooting for an A-League team.

“I think a W-League team is much more appropriate for us in terms of size, investment, facilities and all of those things,” Mr Palmer said.

“I could see us getting a W-League team long before we get an A-League team and that’s something we have discussed. It might be a space in the next five years. We would start to play ourselves into that space, but there’s a fair bit of water to go under that bridge as well.”

The W-League, established in 2008, has nine teams, eight of which are aligned to A-League clubs. Canberra has a stand-alone team.

 Mr Palmer said it showed Tasmania could join the national competition.

“I actually think we can make a W-League team work here very well,” he said. “One of the issues is making sure we get the right balance of players. We would definitely not want a team with 11 girls from interstate.”

Mr Palmer said the finances needed to establish a club in the men’s A-League and a lack of suitable match grounds meant that move was not on the radar.

“I think it’s a little way down the track,” he said.

© 2016 The Mercury | This article was written by Simeon Thomas-Wilson and first appeared on The Mercury on 17 June 2016.

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