Port Adelaide remain confident of gaining a quarantine exemption which will allow them to be based in their home city when the AFL resumes.
The AFL and South Australia’s government are negotiating an exemption for the Power and the Adelaide Crows to avoid self-isolation periods when they return from playing interstate.
Currently both clubs, on return to their state, would have to spend 14 days in self-isolation.
The SA protocols extend to any visitors to the state, meaning AFL games in Adelaide featuring non-SA clubs are unlikely.
But the AFL and SA government are working towards an exemption that would allow both teams to avoid that quarantine period.
“The AFL are working really hard with the South Australian government in order to make sure that we can,” Port’s football manager Chris Davis told SEN radio on Wednesday.
“I’m still really confident that that will be case when the season starts.”
An exemption would mean both SA clubs wouldn’t have to based outside of the state, most likely in Melbourne, should the AFL return to competition.
But SA’s chief public health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier said more information was required before granting an exemption.
“It is a very complex matter and we’re at a very, very critical point in our fight against COVID-19,” she told ABC radio on Wednesday.
“What we will need from the AFL is details about when they are intending to start their matches, what their fixtures look like and the like.
“We were sent some updated protocols last night and my intention today is to look at those.”