AFL boss Gillon McLachlan says North Melbourne gained’t be relocating within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
McLachlan informed 7NEWS reporter Tom Browne the Kangaroos place in Melbourne was protected amid hypothesis the membership may very well be moved to Tasmania.
Veteran soccer journalist Caroline Wilson prompted a furor this week when she reported a number of figures inside the AFL and throughout the golf equipment had been supportive of shifting North Melbourne to the Apple Isle.
It got here because the AFL grapples with the devastating monetary implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is reportedly placing higher strain on the league to re-think having 10 golf equipment primarily based in Victoria.
However McLachlan put an finish to the hypothesis and mentioned he was decided to see each membership by way of the disaster of their present type.
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Browned requested if the AFL has any plans to relocate North Melbourne to Tasmania and McLachlan was emphatic.
“No,” he mentioned.
“We’ve been coping with the monetary scenario at hand. We’re speaking to the present 18 golf equipment and the present construction and them popping out precisely the identical on the finish of this yr.
“We’re working with the golf equipment on securing their future by way of a revised funding mannequin.”
McLachlan additionally dominated out a best-of-three grand last collection and couldn’t give a time-frame on when soccer would return however mentioned “on the proper time, footy will likely be again this yr”.
He emphasised the AFL continues to be engaged on finishing a 17-round season this yr.
“We’re assured we’ll get some footy away within the again half of the yr,” McLachlan mentioned.
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