AFL ready to announce restart date
THE AFL is expected to name June 11 as its return-to-footy date for the 2020 season after weeks of uncertainty.
League chiefs are aiming for a Thursday night opener between Collingwood and Richmond at the MCG.
But full-contact training will not resume for all 18 clubs until Monday, May 25.
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A major roadblock was cleared on Thursday after West Australian health officials granted permission for the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle to resume light training duties on Monday and full training the following week.
The two Perth teams will now stage a mini pre-season campaign at home before shifting to hubs on the Gold Coast.
Adelaide and Port Adelaide will be forced to set up camp in Queensland as early as next week because of a statewide ban on the gathering of groups of more than 10 until June 8.
Royal Pines Golf Club on the Gold Coast has been identified as a potential hub.
In a win for players, families will be permitted to relocate to the hubs with Eagles, Dockers, Crows and Power players.
Six clubs will be based in Queensland, including Gold Coast and the Brisbane Lions.
It will be business as usual for the 10 Victorian clubs and two Sydney teams.
The AFL will cover the costs of putting up families, who can stay for the duration of the club relocations.
The AFL Players' Association has also ensured there are no restrictions on the number of listed players the four clubs can bring into the hubs.
Welfare and wellbeing services will also be provided.
The first part of the restarted AFL season will be played exclusively in the eastern states in the hope border restrictions in WA and SA are relaxed after July.
Crows and Power football managers, Adam Kelly and Chris Davies, said they did not believe the season was compromised.
Clarification was being sought on Thursday night whether players across the league could play golf for exercise.