The Western Australian Premier says Victoria’s AFL clubs “aren't willing to leave their comfort zone,” accusing them of double standards in the quarantine hubs debate.
Mark McGowan on Thursday confirmed the Eagles and Dockers will be granted access to club gyms from May 18, with full training permitted seven days later.
The WA-based clubs will later relocate to a Queensland-based quarantine hub.
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But McGowan is standing firm on a refusal to grant exemptions for the clubs to fly in and out of the state for games, forcing the teams to temporarily shift their operations in order for the AFL season to resume.
"We have worked overnight and the last couple of days with the clubs so we're going to permit full contact training from the 25th of May," McGowan told reporters.
"As long as the facilities and arrangements are not open to and used by the general public."
While McGowan is not willing to grant border exemptions, he instead continues to push the case for some of Victoria's 10 clubs to relocate to a quarantine hub in WA.
"The two-week quarantine arrangement needs to stay in place, the integrity of the state borders needs to stay," McGowan said.
"It appears to me Victorian clubs aren't willing to leave their comfort zone and come over here to hub in Western Australia, yet they expect our teams to go over there.
"It's a little bit rich and it seems to me they're a little bit pampered and they should be prepared to do the hard yards and go somewhere else."
The Eagles and Dockers have both nominated the Gold Coast as their preferred hub location.
Kochie ‘disappointed’ by South Australia decision
WA’s situation comes after South Australian health officials also refused to grant training and travel exemptions for the state's two teams, in a decision Port Adelaide chairman David Koch said severely disadvantaged SA’s clubs.
"We're disappointed with the decision but we have always said we take the advice of medical experts," Koch said on Seven Network's Sunrise program.
"It will put us at a severe disadvantage to the big Melbourne clubs and other interstate clubs... but that will make victory even sweeter to get over those hurdles.
"Our preference is Queensland but obviously we will base anywhere we need to be part of the competition."
Crows football director Mark Ricciuto said they were preparing to base themselves outside of SA for at least a month and will quickly attempt to work out where.
"I didn't go to sleep real quick last night ... that was a shot (that) blindsided a lot of people late (Wednesday)," he told Triple M.
"All footy club presidents and CEOs and footy managers have been changing what they're doing daily, it's been just a moving feast."
with Yahoo Sport staff