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Syd­ney GWS Gi­ants are en­thu­si­as­tic to an AFL plan to play play a pre­mier­ship leaguen game USA.

Gi­ants’ chief ex­ec­u­tive David Matthews said of the Amer­i­can pro­posal had sup­port, lo­cally and in the US.

The Gi­ants have con­firmed that they are in­ter­ested in play­ing one of their home games in the USA, as a way of grow­ing in­ter­est in the club and the game.

Cal­i­for­nia is the most fa­vored State and a game in Los An­ge­les could even­tu­ate over the next two sea­sons.

While talks with US sports pro­mot­ers are in the pre­lim­i­nary stages there has al­ready been sup­port from fi­nan­cial back­ers and a match in USA would be wel­come by Tourism Aus­tralia.

The AFL is play­ing pre­mier­ship games in New Zealand and China and the UK and USA are two more coun­tries un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

It’s un­der­stand that Amer­ica is a po­ten­tial venue be­cause of many Amer­i­cans con­sider AFL a hy­brid game that mixed bas­ket­ball with foot­ball.

The bye round opens up the AFL to long dis­tance foot­ball, as the week’s break would give play­ers re­cov­ery time for jet-lag.

The AFL’s official air­line, Vir­gin, flies di­rectly to LA.

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