Ahead of the 2022 Tasmanian State League season, keep up to date with the player signings and re-signings at every club.
- Launceston’s leadership group is locked in for 2022, with Jobi Harper named as captain for the fourth consecutive season. Miller Hodge and Alec Wright have been voted in as vice-captains.
- The Blues have made a big splash to start 2022, announcing the return of premiership vice-captain Ryan Tyrrell. After playing three seasons with Launceston in the TSL from 2018-2020, he spent 2021 with Moreton Bay in the QFA Division 2, where he won the club’s senior best and fairest award.
- He is still recovering from a knee injury suffered midway through the 2021 season, but Dylan Riley has already committed to the Blues for the next two seasons. Despite playing just 13 games, Riley still won the Hudson Medal as the league’s leading goalkicker, with his 59 majors more than 20 ahead of his closest competitor.
- Premiership captain Jobi Harper will go around again in 2022 after signing a one-year extension. He led from the front in another successful season, averaging 22.6 disposals per game.
- He missed out on a premiership in 2021, but Cody Thorp will be back and looking for redemption in 2022. The ruck/forward was named on the interchange in the TSL Team of the Year, averaging almost two goals per game while assisting at the stoppages.
- Hard-nosed forward Michael Musicka has re-signed for the 2022 season, after a season in which he average a goal per game and kicked multiple majors on six occasions.
- At the other end of the ground, Josh Woolley has also recommitted for 2022. After struggling with injuries through the 2019 and 2020 seasons, he played 21 games in 2021 including the grand final.
- Launceston have since confirmed that their entire playing 22 from the 2021 grand final have re-committed to the club for the upcoming season.
- There is also movement in Launceston’s coaching ranks, with Lenny Towns returning to the club as Development League coach after a year with South Launceston in the NTFAW, and with Kurt Wheeler taking over as Under-18 coach.
- Young midfielder/forward Thomas Beaumont has joined the Blues from South Launceston after helping the Bulldogs to an NTFA Premier Division minor premiership and grand final berth. Beaumont played 14 senior games in 2021, kicking 16 goals and being named in his side’s best players on six occasions.
- Tasmania Devils duo Tony Aganas and Sam Foley have both recommitted to the Blues for 2022, with both playing big roles in the state representative sides.
- The Bombers have confirmed the departure of 11 players from last season’s grand final side, headlined by captain Jay Foon, vice-captain Mark Walsh, North Melbourne development player Tom Donnelly and young guns Oliver Sanders and Ryley Sanders.
- The Roos have confirmed their 2022 leadership group, with Jarrod Harper set to take the reins as senior captain. James Holmes and Baxter Norton will act as vice-captains, with Keegan Wylie and Jack Preshaw as deputy vice-captains and James Bealy and Luke Swinton as team leaders.
- There will be a new face in charge of the Roos this season, with Peter Ryan confirmed as the club’s new senior coach. Ryan was an assistant with the club from 2002-2004, and he has since coached with the Brisbane Lions Academy. The appointment comes after the departure of Jeromey Webberley, who will now coach the Tasmania Devils program.
- The Roos have announced a swag of re-signings in December, headlined by the winner of the club’s Best in Finals award, Jack Preshaw. He was a strong contributor throughout the home and away season as well, averaging 19.5 disposals and 7.3 tackles per game.
- Also returning to the Roos in 2022 will be Jacques Barwick, Keegan Wylie, James Bealy, James Holmes, Lachie Borsboom and Harry Fisher.
- The re-signings have continued, with Luke Swinton, Keren Howlett and Oscar Paprotny all returning in 2022.
- The Tigers have made arguably the biggest splash of the offseason, announcing the return of former Hawthorn AFL player Kieran Lovell to the club. Lovell was drafted to Hawthorn after progressing through the Tigers’ junior pathways and excelling in the TSL, and he spent three years with the Hawks before returning to Kingborough in 2019. After spending last season with West Adelaide in the SANFL, he has now signed a two-year deal with the Tigers to play and act as a Skills & Development Coach. Injuries restricted him to eight SANFL games, where he averaged 21 disposals and 3.9 marks per game.
- Senior player Marcus Davies will depart the club after calling time on his TSL career. After five years with Carlton in the AFL, Davies returned to Tasmania and signed with the Tigers in 2015. He also held numerous off-field roles in the club’s football department during a period of immense growth.
- After being selected in the TSL Team of the Year for a second time in 2021, Luke Graham will return to the Tigers in the 2022 season. The crafty forward kicked 28 goals in 17 games last season, while also bringing plenty of defensive pressure in the attacking half.
- The Tigers will welcome some new faces next season, led by Jack Tomkinson who has signed on for the next two years. A member of the Brisbane Lions Academy in 2018, the Tasmanian-born tall will now return to his home state after playing with Coorparoo in the QFA last season.
- Moving to the Twin Ovals from closer to home will be Connor Salter, who has signed on for 2022 after captaining Brighton in the SFL last season. Salter booted 40 goals from 16 games in 2021, and he will add depth to the Tigers forward line as star goalkicker Tyler Carter recovers from injury.
- Also joining the forward mix is Jordan Lane, who joins the Tigers for 2022 after playing with Cygnet in the SFL last season. Lane finished 2021 with 49 goals from 18 games, including two in the Port’s grand final win over Huonville.
- The Tigers have also announced a quartet of re-signings from last season, with Jake Doran, Tom Dywer, George O’Neill and Cooper Sawdy all returning in 2022.
- The Southern Bombers have landed a big fish from Western Australia, with Lennon Marlin joining the club for 2022. Marlin played for West Coast in the WAFL in 2021, averaging 15.3 disposals and 3.6 marks across ten senior games. Prior to that the half-back played for Perth, with 45 career games in the WAFL since moving to WA.
- Another interstate arrival will be Nick Hooker, joining the Southern Bombers from Port Adelaide’s SANFL squad. After debuting for the Power’s senior team in 2021, he will travel south to the TSL for the 2022 season.
- Lauderdale have added some attacking firepower with the signing of Michael Blackburn for 2022. Blackburn has spent the past four seasons with Lindisfarne in the SFL, where he won back-to-back premierships in 2018-19, and he finished second in the SFL’s leading goalkickers last season with 77 from 19 games.
- Some further spark will be provided in their forward line with the arrival of small forward Jayden Magro. After playing for East Perth in the WAFL and booting 24 goals in 2021, Magro is currently lining up for Waratah in the Northern Territory Football League.
- Returning to Lauderdale in 2022 after a year away will be young gun Fletcher Hooker. After kicking 24 goals in 18 games for Dodges Ferry in the SFL last season, he signs with the Southern Bombers on the back of a full pre-season with the Tasmania Devils program.
- Former player Dylan Fyfe will also return in 2022 after four years in Queensland. Playing for Southport in the NEAFL and VFL, he won a senior premiership in 2018 and finished third in the club’s best and fairest the following year.
- There has also been bulk re-signings among the young core of the Southern Bombers, with 18 players confirmed to be returning in 2022. Full lists can be found here and here.
- Glenorchy have confirmed a swag of re-signings, led by 2021 Team of the Year selection Ben Kamaric. The midfielder averaged 27.2 disposals and 6.9 clearances per game last season, and with the ability to swing forward and impact the scoreboard he will be crucial for the Magpies again in 2022.
- Young gun Nathan Blowfield has also committed for next season, after a year in which he finished tenth in the Cripps TSL Player of the Year. He averaged 11.4 disposals and 4 marks per game, and those numbers should continue to rise.
- 20-year-old Victorian wingman Nick Reibelt will return in 2022 after joining the club last season. He finished the season strongly, averaging 17.4 disposals and 6.4 marks per game over the final eight rounds.
- The Magpies have consolidated the depth in their squad, with senior players Tom Cleary, Adam Roberts and Matt Dilger all recommitting for 2022.
- Added to the mix next season will be Blake Waight, who has signed on for the 2022 season. Waight played for University in the Old Scholars Football Association last season, and he was named in the backline of the OSFA Team of the Year for the second straight year.
- The Magpies have suffered a major loss for the 2021 season, with star defender Harrison Gunther moving interstate and signing with SANFL club South Adelaide. As well as starring for the Magpies throughout the year Gunther also made his VFL debut with North Melbourne in 2021, averaging 13.5 disposals and 5 marks for the Kangaroos.
- A new coaching structure will be implemented in the 2022 season, led by newly appointed senior coach Aaron Cornelius. Already a premiership coach with the Magpies in 2016, he returns to the club after serving as an assistant coach with Box Hill in the VFL.
- A trio of former Tasmania Devils players have recommitted to North Hobart for the 2022 season, with Tyler McGinniss, George McLeod and Dom White all remaining with the club. All three were regulars in the Devils NAB League side, with McGinniss receiving interest from AFL clubs and an invite to the 2021 NAB AFL Draft Combine.
- The Demons made a big splash when they announced the signing of Glenorchy’s Callen Daly as a playing assistant coach. One of the most dangerous small forwards in the TSL, Daly will add a new dimension to North Hobart’s attack while also coaching their forwards. He kicked 22 goals in 17 games last season.
- North Hobart have also confirmed a pair of interstate signings, with Lachie Dale and Luke Quirk moving from Victoria and joining the Demons. Both played for Myrtleford in the Ovens and Murray League, where Dale finished fourth in league’s goalkicking in a COVID-shortened 2021 season.
- Devonport premiership player Cohen Stephenson has moved south and joined the Demons. The 20-year-old swingman produced one of the highlights of the NWFL season with a match-saving mark in the grand final, and he was a consistent performer throughout the year,