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All 10 Victorian clubs are preparing to move into hubs early next week as the AFL prepares to announce the next batch of fixtures. understands a prominent option being considered would see each team locked in a hub for 32 days and play five games in that time.

By then, the league is hoping Victoria’s COVID-19 situation improves and they would be able to send teams back to Melbourne.

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If not, clubs would cycle around the country depending on who they haven‘t already played.

Two clubs have confirmed to that they expect the 32-5 option to be announced on Thursday morning. League sources were noncommittal on timing but confirmed there are ample negotiations with state governments progressing behind the scenes.

Clubs were told they would be given seven days notice before having to fly out, but it‘s believed some clubs would elect to fly out earlier to prepare for Round 7 matches.

Regardless, it appears inevitable there will be no AFL football in Melbourne until at least early August.

Southeast Queensland, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney are the leading candidates to host clubs, while Wollongong, Darwin and Canberra remain outside chances at best.

Port Adelaide players are currently in a Queensland hub. Photo: Sarah Reed.Source: News Corp Australia

Regions with two AFL standard venues (Brisbane and Sydney) are heavily favoured for six-team hubs, while the AFL is aware of additional expenses for broadcasters if it makes Darwin a hub.

It‘s understood the Saints and Kangaroos are preparing to head to Sydney as early next Monday, while Geelong and Collingwood will go to Perth.

There is every chance games will be played in Southeast Queensland while Brisbane and Gold Coast are hubbing elsewhere.

Then, when the Lions and Suns return to Queensland, they can play against each other while quarantining – if needed.



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