The South Australian government has granted Adelaide and Port Adelaide special permission to resume full-contact training from Monday, in a huge boost for both AFL clubs.
It means the Crows and Power will be able to stay in their home state to prepare for next month’s AFL season restart, instead of relocating to Queensland this weekend.
The teams are still set to move to their planned Gold Coast hubs for matches, with the season set to recommence on June 11.
However, they could now theoretically play a Showdown in Adelaide in round two and only relocate in mid-June if it is still necessary at that stage.
The AFL is yet to announce the first block of fixtures for the competition resumption, giving it flexibility in the schedule.
SA police commissioner Grant Stevens on Tuesday confirmed the decision to grant Adelaide and Port Adelaide special exemptions to resume “full squad training sessions, including tackling, contact and match simulation in South Australia”.
However, Crows and Power players will now be subject to strict protocols that limit their daily movements and interaction with the community.
It follows the training breach by Adelaide players and coaches in quarantine this month, which drew a caution from SA Police and penalties from the AFL.
“These exemptions will be subject to a range of conditions including remaining in their respective places of residence and only permitted to travel to and from the particular training venue when required to do so,” a statement from SA Police said.
“They may leave their residence for essential reasons such as seeking medical assistance.
“This will allow the two clubs to train on a comparative basis to other AFL teams preparing interstate.”
The decision brings SA into line with Western Australia, Victoria, NSW and Queensland, with all AFL states now allowing full-contact training from May 25.