Brisbane captain Alex Glenn doesn't know when he'll get to hold his newborn son again but believes that sacrifice is worth it if it keeps the NRL season on track.
The Broncos made a hurried dash to Sydney on Monday after Queensland's government announced the greater Brisbane region was set to enter a three-day lockdown due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Glenn and his teammates are now in semi-isolation in a Sydney hotel, not knowing when they'll be able to return home.
If Queensland's situation doesn't improve, the Broncos face the possibility of weeks or maybe months on the road.
The 32-year-old has left partner Jemma-Lee and their children Oakley, Miller and Gisele on the Gold Coast, but says the examples of other clubs such as the Warriors and Melbourne Storm show what has to be done during COVID situations.
"At the end of the day the Warriors did it for 12 months. I put myself in their shoes," Glenn said.
"It's definitely hard but I know that all our families up in Brisbane have the support.
"If they didn't have the support up there, then I'd struggle being down here.
"It is definitely a sacrifice being away from the family, especially when you got kids, but in saying that we're trying to keep the game alive for the other teams that want to play.
"This is a little sacrifice that we have to do for the game and emotionally you've got to commit."
Glenn can also see a potential positive from the time away for the Broncos, who snapped a 13-game losing streak last weekend against Canterbury.
"It's a great opportunity for us to come together as a team and it's a lot better when you come off a win too," the veteran backrower said.
"The vibe in the camp has been unreal and the last 24 hours have been very chaotic but there's still a lot of smiles, there's no-one whinging about what's happening.
"Everyone's very energetic with what's ahead ... this is a great opportunity for us as a team to come together a lot stronger."