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The AFL and Tasmania are locked in tense negotiations over funding for a new stadium, which could hurt the state’s chances of awarding a 19th club.

With the club’s presidents just weeks away from handing down the plans, both sides are at loggerheads over who will pay for a new stadium at Macquarie Point in Hobart.

Former Tasmanian premier Peter Gutwen said a stadium could cost up to $750 million, while the Herald Sun said the AFL had made it clear to the state government it would have to fund the “majority” of the venue.

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On Saturday, Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff announced the state would not pay more than half.

“No expansion club has been offered to repeat such an offer,” Rockliff said in a statement.

“Despite the value of Tasmania making a significant return, the government will withdraw the offer if the AFL does not honor the amount of this rebate.”

But the AFL believes the state should give more, with the WA Government spending most of the $1.8 billion to build Optus Stadium.

The roofed stadium is considered a non-negotiable bid for the Tasmanian team and it is unclear if club presidents will approve it if plans are not made in the coming weeks – AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said.

Image of the Tasmanian AFL Stadium at Macquarie Point.Source: Submitted

“There’s always interpretation and posturing and back and forth with this, but believe me, this is still 100 per cent,” St Kilda great Nick Riewoldt, who has been linked with the Tassie bid, told Fox Footy. On the sofa.

“The AFL will push their agenda, the Tasmanian government and those associated with the team will push their agenda, so we’ll have a lot of back and forth over the next few weeks.

“Obviously there’s an element of uncertainty … but ultimately there’s a decision to be made, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s still a good thing (the debate).”

Club presidents are expected to vote on the bid in mid-August.

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