The AFL is set to move two Victorian teams to a Perth hub in order to keep the season ticking over and reduce the risk of a game being cancelled due to a coronavirus outbreak.
Collingwood and Geelong are tipped to join West Coast and Fremantle in Perth and play a block of games at the city's Optus Stadium.
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The AFL is expected to announce the next block of rounds on Thursday, having previously only released the first five rounds of the season as the league restarts following the COVID-19 shutdown.
WA firmed as a likely hub city on Monday when premier Mark McGowan announced restrictions on fans attending matches would be lifted entirely from July 18.
The move comes after a spike of Covid-19 cases in Victoria and a new twist in Essendon star Conor McKenna’s case.
McKenna results baffle AFL
Authorities are scrambling to make sense of the Conor McKenna coronavirus case after the AFL player returned a negative test on Tuesday.
In another bizarre chapter to a saga which had threatened to derail the AFL season, the Essendon backman tested negative to COVID-19 just two days after testing positive.
Essendon say health authorities have re-confirmed tests taken by McKenna last Friday and Saturday had been positive.
“The club will work with relevant medical experts over the coming days to further understand these results,” a club statement read.
The conflicting results have left the AFL world baffled, with some saying McKenna’s case could be a test for the rest of the country.
As ABC sportscaster Corbin Middlemas pointed out: “Scariest thing about Covid-19 is how little we know about it.”
“McKenna case a prime example. So many possibilities as to what could’ve happened that testing can’t identify.
“Were tests a false positive, did testing detect a dead virus, etc.”