COLLINGWOOD coach Nathan Buckley says the Magpies would be prepared to head to Western Australia for a hub if it meant the AFL season could continue uninterrupted.
West Coast and Fremantle will this week play in Queensland to start their block of games while embedded at the Gold Coast high performance centre, while Adelaide and Port Adelaide will join them next week following this Saturday night's Showdown at Adelaide Oval.
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The AFL continues to discuss its plans for its next fixture block after round five, with one consideration that clubs travel to Western Australia to even up the disadvantage faced by them in the early part of the season reboot.
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"We understand there's going to have to be some sacrifices that need to be made, and it might not be so much a sacrifice, it's an investment in this season and an investment in the game itself," Buckley said on Tuesday.
"We're under no illusions why the AFL have worked so hard to get this season up and about. One, we prefer to be working than not. Two is we're trying to supply some entertainment and normality for our constituents and through society.
"And the third one is we're trying to underpin the present and future economic status of the game."
The AFL is expected to release its fixture for rounds six and seven after round three.
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It is working towards giving clubs at least a rolling four-week block of games to ensure preparation is as strong as possible in the unique COVID-19-hit campaign.
Buckley said the Pies would not fear having to spend some more time on the road.
"Anything we can do to get it going we're up to, and we've got stay adaptable and agile to do that. As a football club we're open-minded into how we share that load across the 18 clubs," he said.
"If it means we travel into a hub and play some games in WA, Queensland or South Australia, depending on how the back-end of the season looks, we'd be comfortable to do that.
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"We feel like we've been a good travelling side and we'd find the advantages and opportunities in it."
Geelong coach Chris Scott was also supportive of heading to a hub if the AFL calls on the Cats to have an extended block of games away from Victoria.
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"The hub idea, if it needs to be done, then we'd be a willing participant. I don't think it's much more complicated than that," Scott said.
"There's definitely upside to it, put it that way."
Club bosses expect the AFL to continue work with state governments in regards to border restrictions allowing teams to fly in and fly out for matches.
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Western Australia premier Mark McGowan said the League had floated the concept of a WA hub early in proceedings.
"We've said the whole way along that if the AFL want to come and hub here, and adhere to our rules, then they're more than welcome to," McGowan told Mix 94.5 radio on Tuesday.
"In fact, they put that option to us at the start of this process that they would do that. It was actually their idea."