The Melbourne Storm’s enforced move to Sydney will be particularly heartbreaking for new dad Josh Addo-Carr and expecting father Felise Kaufusi.
Melbourne players and officials are scrambling to finalise details of their indefinite move interstate with the club still unsure where it will be based next week.
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The Storm will fly into Sydney on Wednesday to set up camp and will be based at Homebush until Friday night's transferred “home” match against the Warriors at Kogarah.
All players will be tested for COVID-19 on their arrival into Sydney after the recent spike in cases in Victoria, which has forced the NRL powerhouse to move.
But where the players and support staff will be based after Friday is still up for debate, with some possibility they could be in camp in Queensland for the coming weeks and play out of Suncorp Stadium.
While players accept they must do what is needed to keep the competition going, and accept it is minor compared to the Warriors' sacrifice this season, it does come with challenges.
Star winger Addo-Carr only celebrated the birth of his child over the weekend, while second-rower Kaufusi's partner is pregnant with their third child.
Many other players also have children.
At this stage the NRL is still determining if families will join players in camp but it appears unlikely, at least in the early stages, as they hope the stay is limited to just a few weeks.
“We've only had 24 hours, if that, to register it,” Kaufusi said.
“The missus wasn't too happy on such short notice but that's the cards we've been dealt and we've just got to take it on board.
“There are a lot of boys with families here and kids. I think that's the main uncertainty there.”
Queensland State of Origin forward Kaufusi said he would seek assurances over whether his partner could have external assistance from visitors while he wasn't at home.
Storm forced to move after virus outbreak
The call to move the Storm came after the NRL consulted their biosecurity expert.
ARL Commission chairman Peter V'landys said a number of Storm players lived in high-infection areas.
The league will now monitor Victoria's infection numbers as they consider how long to keep the Storm away from home.
Players are hopeful the move won't prove a hurdle for their premiership campaign.
“This is what we have to sacrifice for the competition. I don't know if it's fair or not, but it's what we have to do,” Kaufusi said.
“Will we be disadvantaged? Maybe, I don't know?
“We would love to stay in Melbourne but we just can't given the risk that is in Victoria at the moment.
“Hopefully it's not for too long. Maybe it will be two or three weeks minimum, hopefully we'll be back home before we know it.”