The AFL is said to be considering launching as many as two AFL teams in Queensland in the ‘medium term,’ according to a source close to the Commission.
It’s believed the Commission is unhappy that Queensland is the only state that people care about that doesn’t have any AFL clubs based there.
Under the plan an AFL team would be based in Brisbane and another in the Gold Coast.
While eventually having an AFL team in Brisbane seems a certainty, it’s understood the Commission is skeptical about a second club on the Gold Coast.
“Putting a sports team on the Gold Coast is like invading Russia in the winter,” said the source.
“Every sporting body that’s ever done it has failed and at great cost. Even the NBL failed there and those guys never lose teams. It is a soil from which no franchise will grow.
“A lot of the key people on the Commission looked at Clive Palmer’s failure up there and thought that if a respected business man like him can’t do it, who really could?”
An AFL spokesperson would not confirm the report and said they were focusing on footy heartlands like Western Sydney.
The spokesperson also laughed when asked about the likelihood of a Tasmanian team.