Cats up for AFL hub challenge

Shayne Hope
Geelong coach Chris Scott (c) says the Cats will embrace their stay in WA

Geelong coach Chris Scott is "excited" by the prospect of leading his side into an AFL hub in Western Australia rather than daunted by the challenge it presents.

The Cats and Collingwood will be the first Victorian clubs to base themselves in Perth for three weeks of fixtures when they head west following round six.

The move is part of the league's efforts to work around interstate travel restrictions and complete a 153-game season schedule before finals.

Scott on Thursday told reporters the Cats are aware of their obligations to help keep the competition going in the face of unprecedented hurdles during the coronavirus pandemic.

He added there were positives to be taken from going away as a team and operating in a warmer climate during the middle of winter.

"We're excited about the opportunity it presents," Scott said.

"It's a real privilege to be one of the clubs that's allowed into WA."

Scott hasn't yet been made aware of any Geelong player who might not want to go into the hub but was open to the idea of players making their own decisions.

"That's the way we run our footy club," the 2011 premiership coach said.

"I don't think anyone should mistake our desire to have players live fulfilling lives outside of footy with a lack of ruthlessness and competitiveness to succeed.

"But if you want to make it a contest, if our players have obligations outside of their football life then that probably trumps the footy stuff."

Scott tipped a healthy crowd would be on hand at Optus Stadium to see the first match played for AFL premiership points in Perth between two clubs from outside WA.

"I'm not sure that the bulk of West Australians love the Cats or the Pies but I think they've been starved of footy," Scott said.

"It's a unique opportunity for WA supporters to see two of the bigger Melbourne clubs go at each other.

"I suspect that a lot of the footy-mad people over there would go and watch anyone play right at the moment."