NORTH Melbourne will play a fourth home and away game in Hobart from next season.
North announced its increased annual commitment in Tasmania in an email to members on Tuesday afternoon.
"We recently approached the AFL about exploring a fourth game in Hobart in conjunction with our partner TT-Line (Spirit of Tasmania), noting the Hawthorn Football Club has played four games in Launceston for many years with great success," the club email said.
"While this proposal for a fourth game was not pushed by the League, the AFL has today endorsed the proposal and agreed to accommodate it in the 2019 fixture, through until at least the end of 2021."
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North has been playing three annual home games in Hobart since 2015, having played two games a year there under its initial three-year deal.
Kangaroos CEO Carl Dilena said the support the club received in Hobart and its "fantastic record" at Blundstone Arena had been factors in the decision.
"The support we receive from Tasmanian football lovers has always been exceptional and we look forward to bringing more elite football to Tasmania and continuing our investment in talent pathways and community programs," Dilena said.
"On-field performance was also a major driver in this decision and with a record at Blundstone Arena of 14 wins and just four losses, it's hard to argue a fourth game won't significantly contribute to our finals and flag aspirations.
"We have today added another Tasmanian to our list in former Gold Coast Sun, Aaron Hall. Like Ben Brown, Aaron hails from Hobart. If things go to plan in the upcoming draft, we hope to add more Tasmanian talent to our side."
Dilena said North's increased commitment in Hobart was part of a wider growth strategy that was essential to keep pace with Melbourne's bigger clubs.
"Our long-term strategy is about growing not only in Melbourne, but also in Wyndham to the west of Melbourne and in Tasmania by delivering elite football content, player development academies and meaningful community programs," he said.
The North boss said the club's increased football spending next year would ensure the club was paying the full salary cap and matching other clubs' investments in their football departments.
"This is a significant change from the past where we have traditionally been the lowest-spending club in the competition," Dilena said.
"Our continued investment will help drive on-field success."