Ahead of Adelaide’s showpiece footy event, Gather Round, rumours are swirling that one of South Australia’s oldest and most successful footy clubs is keen to throw their hat in with the big boys in the AFL.

SANFL powerhouse, and traditional Port rivals, Norwood are reportedly interested in a 20th AFL license, should it become available.

There has been talk of the potential 20th AFL team ever since it was confirmed that Tasmania were set to join the league, creating an odd number of teams for the first time since Gold Coast joined the AFL in 2011.

The addition of the Tasmanian team will mean that one team will have a bye each round, something that the league has tended to avoid in the past.

While Norwood previously dismissed the idea of pitching for a spot in the big league, Seven Adelaide’s Josh Money reckons that the club is now warmer to the idea and will use Gather Round as an opportunity to showcase the club to the nation.

“While the club is yet to make an official bid to follow the newly-formed Tasmanian side into the league, it’s understood Norwood believes it should be at the front of the queue if and when a 20th AFL license becomes available,” Money said on 7News on Wednesday.

The idea of Norwood joining the AFL predates the creation of the Adelaide Crows, with many South Aussies assuming at the time that traditional rivals Norwood and Port would be awarded the first South Australian licenses.


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