Warriors want NRL home ground in Gosford

Daniel Gilhooly
Warriors coach Steve Kearney (l) and his team will base themselves in Gosford for the NRL season

The Warriors want to make Central Coast Stadium their home ground after confirming they will be based in Gosford for the rest of the NRL season.

The Kiwi club has cemented plans beyond the completion of their two weeks' of quarantine training in Tamworth, with apartment accommodation booked in the heart of the Central Coast for the 50 players and staff.

Football operations manager Dan Floyd said the accommodation would cater for any families to join them.

They would have access to a gym in Erina and would train at Gosford's Central Coast Stadium, where the club hope they can also host a chunk of their games, although they're in the dark over the NRL's plans for venues three weeks out from the competition's resumption.

"If we do have access to home games where we are, our preference would be to play at Central Coast Stadium," Floyd said.

"But we're not even sure if we're getting home games or if all the games are in Sydney at this stage."

With the team forced to stay in Australia due to international border restrictions, Floyd said Gosford had been selected as a base because the players preferred to be outside the bustle of Sydney but close enough to bus to games on match day.

Floyd confirmed hooker Nathaniel Roache was flying across the Tasman on Thursday and would self-isolate in a Sydney hotel for a fortnight before joining the squad in Gosford.

Roache was forced to miss last Sunday's team flight to Tamworth after experiencing mild flu-like conditions that morning. He was later cleared of COVID-19.

First-choice outside back David Fusitu'a also stayed in Auckland for personal reasons and looks set to miss the opening round. It is believed he won't depart for at least a week.

Floyd, who was at the crux of planning their Tamworth base, described the facilities as "perfect".

They had all the resources they needed at their fingertips and had adjusted to their biosecurity requirements.

The social side of life in quarantine had also picked up, with a bingo evening planned for the players on Sunday.