- Apr 2, 2017
- AFL Club
I left tassie in 2009, due to me being a contractor at the time, I was working at a big place, where the price of metals dropped in September 2008, followed by the GFC in October 2008. Within the month, 80% of contractors were removed from site. I was fairly fortunate in that I had a lot of money saved up, and started to think of my future, and having grown up in 90’s in the recession, made the decision to move, as my experience with the tassie economy was it was the first to be hit, and the last to recover. So a lot of people do leave the state for more working opportunities, rather than leaving because they are bored!I think people are confused as to why young people leave Tassie. It is more to do with job opportunities rather than lifestyle. Sure, like most regional places, we do lose people to the "big city". But the number 1 reason is economic and that only affects a footballer outside football connections.
A player down here would have a job, they could have access to a fantastic beachside(Riverside?) house on the Eastern shore, the city centre would only be 10-15 mins away and the airport is the same distance the other way. I am sure a Tassie club would try and help players with connections to Melbourne for family or media gigs.
As for the weather? please, we might be colder than Melbourne but we aren't so cold that it snows in the city each day. And some people like the cold more than the hot. That is a personal preference.
For example, IMO, Hobart has the best summer/autumn in the country. The days are not so hot you can't sleep or go out, they are long and the weather is consistent and mostly dry.
for me, Player retention is more of a club issue, not an issue which should help/hinder any plans for a Tasmanian team.
ha. I didn't compare the 2. I used Brisbane as an example as for why team culture has more to do with player retention than location. etc: i was talking it up. as for everything else, my god you have no idea what you're talking about.