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Door opening for New Zealand AFL club
Authored by: tinka13 on Friday, January 25 2013 @ 07:15 pm ACDT

The AFL are fully aware of what's needed to make a real go of it in NZ. The things we have been commenting about were discussions between NZAFL and AFL back in early 2000's. Its all a matter of politics. They can't be seen spending to much money on overseas expansion plans, whilst some AFL clubs continue to fail financially in Australia. Its a real shame because we have lost 10 years of expansion opportunities, especially in NZ.

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Door opening for New Zealand AFL club
Authored by: Brett Northey on Friday, January 25 2013 @ 09:04 pm ACDT

Exactly, it's a slow process primarily because of the need to keep the "heartland" happy.  We've often commented and tried to explain to people that the AFL aren't ignorant about international development, they have simply pragmatic about not alienating the players, clubs and supporters of the AFL.  Easy to criticise and ignore the political reality but alas politics are important.

I've been pleasantly surprised with some reason rapid developments and the fact that, publically at least, there doesn't seem to have been much backlash.  If the Wellington match(es) go well and clubs keep signing NZ talent, it could really embolden the AFL to accelerate things.

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Door opening for New Zealand AFL club
Authored by: KeyWee on Saturday, January 26 2013 @ 05:11 pm ACDT

Brett, thanks for that link.

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