WEST Coast players have held internal discussions about the possibility of being forced to relocate in order to restart football, with the two West Australian sides facing the prospect of moving to the east coast in the coming months.
West Australian premier Mark McGowan reiterated on Wednesday he would not ease his hard-line stance on 14-day isolation periods for those flying into the state, saying he would not provide exemptions for footballers.
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It comes as proposed quarantine hubs become less likely for football to resume following the suspension of play due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with an easing of isolation restrictions in eastern states set to allow fly-in, fly-out models to take place.
However, Western Australia's differing policies could force West Coast and Fremantle to move elsewhere to play, with star Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui revealing his teammates have held discussions about what a potential move could look like.
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"We spoke about it as a group," Naitanui told radio station SEN on Thursday.
"Just because the government laws are different in each state and Western Australia has been one of the only states to have that two-week quarantine period. We can't really fly-in and fly-out like some of the other states.
"Fingers crossed they'll give us an exemption, but if not we might have to relocate to Victoria or somewhere in the east coast. It's almost going to be a little training hub for a little while.
"It'll be interesting, but fingers crossed we don't get to that stage."
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McGowan instead pushed for the AFL to consider placing a quarantine hub in Western Australia to allow West Coast and Fremantle to remain in the state, claiming the two clubs have been "disadvantaged" by the League for a long period.
It's led to further calls for Western Australia to one day host an AFL Grand Final at its 60,000-seat Optus Stadium – an option that was cheekily laughed off by Naitanui.
"I'd love for it to (be played in Western Australia)," Naitanui said.
"But it's probably fair to say it's not going to happen. I reckon we've got a better chance of playing it at Ikon Park than playing it at Optus Stadium.
"It would be great, but I can't see it happening."