Drew, speaking on Monday about three weeks into Football Tasmania’s competition structure review, said the Strikers were keen to get on the front foot and provide their thoughts on the issue, which will be independent of that review.

While he would not go into details about what that submission would look like, Smith did say, “needless to say, one of the issues that will be addressed will be the travel requirements of the clubs in the North of the state”.

Travel, and the high extent of it, has been an issue for the Strikers in 2019, who will return home to Valley Road on Saturday for their NPL Tasmania blockbuster with South Hobart after seven consecutive league and cup games down South.

As part of the review, a working group representative of key stakeholders from across the state has been formed to oversee the process which will be led by an independent consultant.

Football Tasmania says “a comprehensive report is expected to be delivered by the middle of July 2019, allowing recommendations to be considered and acted upon prior to commencement of the 2020 season”.

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