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Alastair Clarkson AFL expansion proposal is off the mark | Eyre Peninsula Tribune



As a four-time premiership coach Alastair Clarkson is one of the AFL’s most-respected voices, but sometimes he is way off the mark.

Clarkson believes the league should be expanded to 20 clubs and become a truly national competition by including teams from Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

His noble proposal sounds great in theory, with an extra game every round generating crucial revenue and providing full-time bases in AFL heartlands.

But I believe there are already too many teams in the competition.

Now is not the time to expand – rather the AFL needs to consolidate.

It would be financial suicide to add two clubs to a competition struggling from the considerable losses of a pandemic-affected 2020 season.

Additional clubs would mean a…

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