AFL Tasmania has given a guarantee there will be two north-west teams playing in the state-wide league next season.

Devonport Football Club is weighing up whether to merge with other smaller regional clubs.

That has prompted the Burnie club to declare it will consider withdrawing from the competition if there is no Devonport team.

Burnie Dockers president Peter Vincent is optimistic Devonport will have a team.

"Hypothetically if there was no team we'd have to review our position and I guess...the league would also have to be revamped," he said.

Shaun Young from AFL Tasmania says he is confident there will be strong representation from the north-west.

"My reaction is very simple and clear...it won't come to that," he said.

"There is no thought process of not having a second team in the state league competition from the coast, so there will be two teams on the northwest coast participating in the state league come 2014."

South Launceston is leaving the league at the end of the year due to financial troubles.

 

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