FREMANTLE has turned to Australia's Olympic hockey team in an effort to prepare for life in the Gold Coast hub, consulting a number of international sporting organisations in regard to maintaining the wellbeing of their players while away from family and friends.
The Dockers are due to leave for Queensland next Tuesday ahead of a minimum four-week stint on the Gold Coast, where they will play matches at both Metricon Stadium and the Gabba due to West Australian travel restrictions in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As things stand, Fremantle will not take family members with them to Gold Coast, but believe they will be enabled to do so should they be forced to remain in Queensland beyond July 5.
In an effort to become familiar with what the conditions could be like inside the hub, Fremantle's senior manager of football operations Joe Brierty has revealed the club has contacted a number of Australian sporting bodies for relevant information.
"We've been consulting with (Australian cricket coach) Justin Langer and a few other different people around cricket tours," Brierty told ABC Perth.
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"Also (we're consulting with) some hockey players in terms of Olympics tours, around different things that we need to do to ensure that wellbeing and family connection.
"Hopefully, if we are staying for an extended period, we'll get families up there."
Fremantle remains hopeful of returning to Western Australia and playing home games at Optus Stadium with a fly-in, fly-out model after round five. However, it remains waiting on government advice as to whether that will be possible.
"If you think about the Olympics, you have four years to prepare to go into a hub for one month … we've had about two-and-a-half weeks," Brierty said.
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"It's been a fair bit of work, the dialogue is constant. At all times, they (the AFL) are trying to assist us in making sure we're as comfortable as we can be. But it's going to be a continual work in progress.
"I'm sure once we get up there, we'll continue to work through things along the way. Hopefully we can get that advice as soon as we can to know whether we're staying for an extended period or it's just going to be that four-week block."
Meanwhile, Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir has confirmed that forward Cam McCarthy will join the team on their trip to the Gold Coast, despite mysteriously collapsing at training earlier this week.
McCarthy has been given the all-clear by club medics to make the trip, having been taken to hospital in an ambulance on Wednesday.