BIG BROTHER HELP: Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale says support from the AFL would be vital for AFL Tasmania’s new leadership. Gale was in Burnie for a BIG event on Tuesday. Picture: Cordell Richardson

Brendon Gale has welcomed the new leadership of AFL Tasmania.

However,the Richmondchief executive and formerCoaster, said support from the AFL would be vitalfor chief executive Robert Auld.

“At the end of the day you can have good people developing programs and talent pathways, but you also need money to make that happen,’’ Gale said.

“The AFL has probably under-invested in Tasmaniain comparison to the northern markets.

“The ability of the State League here to produce talent has been strong, but that has dropped off.

“The state needs to continue to develop talent and that should be the most immediate priority.”

Gale, speaking in Burnie ahead ofaBIG talk, praisedthe AFL content in Tasmania thanks to Hawthorn and North Melbourne, saying ‘’the more games the better”.

This, he believed, was anotherway to improve talent numbers, as exposure to the elite level was the best way to inspire young players.

But for someone who was passionate about wearing The Map in his playing days, there wassomething missing.

“Tasmania should have a legitimateaspiration to have a team of its own, but what that looks like, I don’t know.”

Galeplayed 244 games for the Tigers from 1990-2001, and has been in his off-field role since 2009.

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