VFL/AFL great Kevin Bartlett doesn’t understand why the league is committed to overseas ventures, when the game has issues in Australia.
Port Adelaide and Gold Coast squared off in China for the second straight season on the weekend, with a crowd of 10,689 being recorded.
Despite that being an increase on last year’s crowd figure, Bartlett doesn’t understand why the AFL seems to be pumping more money into overseas markets, when there is parts of Australia which need football funding.
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“Can we get it right here first?” he told SEN’s KB and The Doc.
“Take over Queensland, take over Greater Western Sydney, get Tasmania up and going, get strong country football back going.
“We are going to spend a lot of money, we are going to waste a lot of time, and we are going to spin a lot of words in China and also in India.
“Forget about China and India, let’s see if we can actually win people over in our own country.”
It has been reported the Suns may pull out of the China game next year, with St Kilda emerging as a potential replacement to battle the Power.
Numerous clubs have made their interest in the Indian market public over the past few months.