“Now this is not an easy task, there is a lot of complexity in that but we are prepared to sit down, and if it works out for South Australia then we are happy to back it.”
Sloane said he expected there would be arrangements made to enable family members to accompany players or coaches into hubs if necessary.
“I’m presuming that would be the case. I’m not entirely sure yet. There is still so much up in the air … I’m sure they would want to make that an option,” Sloane said.
The Adelaide captain has an infant son and has expressed reservations about leaving behind his wife and child to relocate to a hub but said he was prepared to do what was required to get the competition running.
He acknowledged the Crows erred during their training session in the Barossa Valley when they broke social distancing rules and AFL requirements to train in groups of two.
He said the club sharing the blame as a group.
“We clearly just made a mistake, you can’t just pin this on one person,” Sloane said.
“As a whole football club, not Ben Hart, not Tom Doedee, not anyone else, the whole footy club made a mistake. There were a couple of mistakes made and without going into it all it is silly to point the blame on one person.”
The players are still in quarantine in the Barossa Valley but are training on their own and Sloane expects them to be out early next week.
Sloane said he was desperate to resume contact training but would be happy to start in groups of 10 if that was the first step towards playing games. He said he didn’t think the Crows would still have players in quarantine when the green light for full-contact training was given.
Peter Ryan is a sports reporter with The Age covering AFL, horse racing and other sports.