I think the AFL will want one team to relocate (North to Gold Coast) ...
Confimed. The AFL are starting the public conditioning process. Some here might remember the 'soft relocation' thread. It appears the AFL are following that model, hastening slowly -
Gold Coast embracing Kangaroos: AFL
Age, June 27, 2007 - 7:34PM
AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou says promising crowd figures for the Kangaroos on the Gold Coast should "help them form a view" on where their future lies.
With the league having repeatedly stated its desire to have football played every week in Queensland by 2015, Demetriou was happy to spruik the early success of the `Roos' Carrara experiment as he presented a mid-year review of the competition's key statistics. The Kangaroos' sunny figures on the Gold Coast contrasted with dwindling attendance and membership figures in Melbourne, strengthening the view that their future lies north.
In the first year of their contract to play 10 matches over three seasons in the Sunshine State, Demetriou said they had been embraced by the Gold Coast. They averaged 11,319 attendances in their three matches at the 14,000-capacity stadium, as well as recruiting 1,700 Gold Coast-based members, more than they could accumulate in a five-year stint at previous secondary base Canberra. "We're thrilled with the crowds at Carrara, thrilled that they've got 1,700 members ... I think it helps them form a view," Demetriou said.
Earlier this month, the Kangaroos appointed consulting firm Gemba to assess the club's future opportunities in both the Victorian market and the Gold Coast. "It's for them to make their decision," Demetriou said. "We've already told them our view, we're going there anyway
. "There's a hell of a lot of work being done, there's 15 (AFL) people on the ground up there and we're pleased that the Gold Coast community is embracing football. Every time we go up there and we go up there regularly, we leave even more impressed about what we see on the Gold Coast."
Overall, the `Roos' membership tally is down 12 per cent on last season and average home attendances down 14 per cent
. Demetriou said off-field traumas, with the club holding a messy board election in the pre-season, as well as having chief executive Geoff Walsh poached by Collingwood, had not helped. "In fairness to the Kangaroos, I've got no doubt that that affected their membership drive," he said.
And he said the AFL was not out to rush the Kangaroos into a permanent move or to expand their current three-year, 10-game Gold Coast deal.