Eagles, Dockers, Power, Crows set for Queensland hub move

The AFL's four clubs based in West Australia and South Australia will be moving to the Gold Coast as part of the league's 'return to play' model.

As AFL boss Gillon McLachlan revealed the June 11 season resumption, it was also confirmed that West Coast, Fremantle, Adelaide and Port Adelaide would be moving to Queensland ahead of the second round of the season.

"The return to play model will see all teams based out of their home state with the exception of the Western Australian teams West Coast and Fremantle, and South Australian teams Adelaide and Port Adelaide," the AFL said.

"West Coast and Fremantle will complete the pre-season training block at their home bases before relocating interstate ahead of their first scheduled match while current restrictions in SA will mean that Adelaide and Port Adelaide will need to relocate interstate before May 25 when full contact training will begin for all 18 clubs.

"West Coast, Fremantle, Adelaide and Port Adelaide will all relocate to the Gold Coast."

The league said the four 'hub clubs' would be based interstate for an initial period of at least four weeks, and it would continue to remain flexible with fixturing so it can respond to any changes to restrictions in either state.

The four teams will be housed in accommodation villages - West Coast and Fremantle at The Pines Resort and Adelaide and Port Adelaide at the Mercure Resort.

Players will be able to host family members at any stage during their time away from home which will be funded by the AFL.

"The return to play model was the best possible response based on the different restrictions in each state and territory and the overwhelming priority to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in football as well as the wider community, while seeking to minimise the impact on players, officials and their families," the AFL said.

Earlier on Friday, Eagles footy boss Craig Vozzo said while "Perth is the ideal destination" for players preparing to play, the Gold Coast base was the next-best option.

"We're building our schedule as we speak. The accommodation facility looks really impressive. It gives us a good opportunity to set up a good base," he said. "We've had first-class discussions with both Brisbane and Gold Coast."

Vozzo said in Queensland, the players would be able to use the facilities, such as the golf course, confirming it would not be a 'quarantine-like' setup.

"They are not going to be sitting in a room for a month and leaving to play. The AFL have been really good in understanding the priority of health and well-being," he said.

"On the whole I think the industry has treated it seriously, which they have to.

"We are proud that our players and staff are making a sacrifice for the greater good. Our priority is health and well-being and we are confident the players will be able to use the facilities at Royal Pines."

Meanwhile Suns defender Rory Thompson said his club was hoping to get a boost by hosting other sides in the hub, declaring a Victorian-team-like home ground advantage would benefit for such a young squad.

"It's going to be a great chance to focus in and play some games at home. We do a lot of travel being a Queensland club, so it will be good to get a taste of what a lot of the Victorian clubs get every year," he told the media on Friday.

"It's a great place if they have to do the hubs - the Gold Coast is going to have great weather, great facilities, so it's going to be a good boost for us having all those teams close by.

"I do feel a little bit sorry for them having to move away from home, but it's a good spot for them to come."