WA government will not aid fly in, fly out AFL return
Fremantle and West Coast will be forced to base out of the eastern states when the AFL season gets up and running.
WA Premier Mark McGowan is firm on there would be no relaxation of rules for footballers to come in and out of the state if footy rebooted in a fly in, fly out model.
"We're not going to compromise on our hard borders just to meet the needs of football," McGowan said.
"We will have discussions with the AFL to see if there's ways of managing it within our hard borders and I've already had a conversation with the AFL about that.
"At this point in time there doesn't appear to be a way forward that allows our players to fly to Victoria or Sydney and back again and that doesn't appear to be an option."
McGowan has urged the AFL to reconsider the hubs idea when a few clubs would come into WA and play matches around the metro area.
WA has had now seven days without a positive COVID -19 case.
The National Cabinet meeting on Friday is expected to provide more clarity on state border controls nation-wide that will relate to the AFL.