WA footy stars say teammates ready for interstate challenge

The AFL now favours restarting the season with a more traditional home-and-away fixture where charter planes would be used to fly teams in and out.

That model won’t work for West Coast and Fremantle if the WA government maintains its mandatory two-week self-quarantine rule for anyone flying back to the state, with Mr McGowan to meet with National Cabinet on Friday for further border control discussions.

Naitanui said he and his Eagles teammates were prepared to move east to play games until restrictions were lifted here.

“The government laws are different in each state and Western Australia has been one of the only states that have that two weeks quarantine,” he told SEN.

“We can’t really fly in and out like the other states.

“Fingers crossed they give us an exception but, if not, we might have to relocate to Victoria and it might be a little training hub for a while.”

Former Dockers captain Mundy, 34, who has three kids with wife Sally, said it was “personally disappointing” to contemplate considerable time away from his family but understood the reasoning.

David Mundy says he and Dockers teammates are ready to resume their season interstate for a while.Credit:AAP

“I think Mark McGowan and his government have done such a great job managing COVID-19 and the crisis that unfolded,” he told ABC Radio.

“I fully understand his position and the health of Western Australians is paramount in his mind.

“I know all the players at Fremantle that I’ve spoken to, we’re all up for the challenge.


“It’s all hypothesising at the moment and a bit of guesswork, so we’ll wait until the AFL tell us the lay of the land and we’ll figure out how we’ll go about it from there.”

Mundy said he was anticipating the worst when the state government announces an easing of certain restrictions but he and Sally had begun planning to spend time away from each other, with the AFL staying mum on whether families would be paid to stay interstate with WA-based players.

“Any time away is tough, even within a regular season when we’re away for three or four days,” Mundy said.

“We’ll face those challenges as a family and devise our own strategies to cope.”

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