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AFL to give Kangas their decision time

By Adam Cooper 22/11/2007 07:34:45 PM Comments (1)

The AFL is committed to waiting until it hears from the Kangaroos before considering other possible ventures into the Gold Coast, such as that raised by Collingwood.

While the Kangaroos weighed up their options over whether to relocate north or stay in Melbourne, one of their rivals approached the league and inquired about playing in south-east Queensland if the Roos stay put.

Collingwood on Wednesday met with the AFL and discussed the possibility of playing six games at Carrara, possibly as early as next season.

But the AFL said it would not be entertaining any alternate ventures until it had heard from the Kangaroos, who have about a fortnight to decide whether to relocate.

The Kangaroos board must decide between accepting the AFL's $100 million relocation package and ensuring their long-term financial survival, and staying in Melbourne.

Those on the Kangaroos board opposed to relocation have found backers pledging to spend up to $10 million in capital and $2 million in sponsorship.

Kangaroos chief executive Ricky Aylett said the board was still weighing up the two proposals and had another two weeks to notify the AFL of its decision.

Aylett said Kangaroos members would also likely be given their say on the issue during the first week of December, several days before the final decision is due.

Members of the supporters group We Are North Melbourne met with the AFL to discuss the league's offer, but are believed to be firmly behind the push to keep the club in Melbourne.

The AFL, which wants a permanent presence on the Gold Coast by 2010, has declared it will seek a 17th licence and establish a new team in the region if the Roos decide against relocation.

However, Collingwood has raised the possibility of establishing a part-time presence there if the Kangaroos decide against relocation.

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire and chief executive Gary Pert met with AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou and chairman Mike Fitzpatrick to discuss the possibility of the Magpies playing games on the Gold Coast.

The Magpies reportedly proposed to the AFL to play six games at Carrara as early as next season if the Kangaroos opted to stay in Melbourne.

Collingwood floated the idea of having a permanent part-time presence of the Gold Coast, which would mean they would not play any other games outside Victoria other than in Queensland, The Age newspaper reported.

However, Pert said the meeting was just a case of "tossing ideas around" and any move north by the Magpies was "very hypothetical".

"I think a proposal would be taking it too far," Pert told radio station Sport 927.

"We did catch up with Andrew and Mike, with Eddie yesterday, just had a chat to them about quite a few different things and in the mix we talked about some of the possibilities about Brisbane, but we certainly haven't taken it too far down the track."

Meanwhile, Richmond legend Kevin Bartlett has ended his long-time exile of his own club.

Bartlett is an immortal figure at Richmond after playing 403 games and featuring in five premiership sides, but had not visited Punt Road since 1991, when he was sacked as coach.

But the 64-year-old returned to the club to promote a book about the club's history, written by his son Rhett.

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1 Comments about this article

  • stay in melbourne town kangas... we luv u!!!
    Posted by Ashley Gasperino Fri Nov 23, 2007 11:40am AEST

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