“We’re going through very difficult times. I understand that. But the franchises in the NRL – knowing Peter V’landys as I do, reasonably well – have been given some misinformation about COVID-19.
“They’re just trying to do the best they can with what they have available and, unfortunately, that messaging is a bit late in getting where it needs to go.
“The council wants some confidence moving forward and they want to have a discussion, that’s all.”
Melbourne are set to stay in Albury at least until Friday, using a local public ground for training.
Mack said he did not foresee the club being forced to move back to Melbourne.
“My gut feel – if you want my gut feeling – yes,” Mack said when asked if the Storm would be fine to stay in the town.
The club said players and staff would be completely isolated from the general community. The plan has NSW government approval but it doesn’t have the support of all councillors, with three taking a stand.
Councillor Darren Cameron said he didn’t believe the NRL club should be given a special exemption to train and posed a potential health risk.
“In my view, council should not be making available sporting facilities while our grassroots clubs of all codes are prohibited from playing,” he told The Border Mail.
“I don’t understand and I don’t appreciate the suggestion that an elite-level club should be treated differently to a local club.
“This is a serious matter and must be determined by elected councillors and not staff. This is not a simple matter of a sporting club applying to use a ground. It is a much bigger issue on matters of public health and safety.”
Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.