“We would be very unlikely to welcome players from interstate into Adelaide.
“Therefore it makes it much more likely that in the early rounds of the season that our games from South Australia would be away games, or we would be operating out of a hub.”
However, West Coast star ruckman Nic Naitanui said his teammates were preparing to relocate to eastern Australia after McGowan said he would not exempt AFL players from the two-week quarantine restrictions for incoming interstate travellers.
“We spoke about [having to relocate] as a group,” Naitanui said.
“The government laws are different in each state and Western Australia has been one of the only states that have that two weeks quarantine, we can’t really fly in and out like the other states
“Fingers crossed they give us an exception but if not, we might have to relocate to Victoria and it might be a little training hub for a while.
“It’ll be interesting but fingers crossed we don’t get to that stage.”
Naitanui said his interstate teammates were due to return to WA on Friday, but would be in forced isolation for a fortnight before they could train in larger groups.
“We had a chat with [coach Adam Simpson] yesterday and I think next week they’re going to make a call [on the season],” he told SEN.
“They’re saying potentially some stage of June we’ll come back and train as a group, I think it kind of depends when games start. We’re dictated to by the government and what they choose, especially being here in Western Australia.
“The hardest thing is we’ve got boys who have gone interstate and gone home once we found out the season has been postponed and they’ll come back tomorrow. They’ve got to do two weeks of quarantine so they can’t train.
“A few of those boys will be running on treadmills for two weeks but post that we can get back into larger groups outside.”
Meanwhile, Brisbane chief executive Greg Swann said players would be heavily punished if they broke restrictions or put the competition at jeopardy.
“I don’t think it’ll be a fine or slap on the wrist,” Swann told 3AW radio.
“If somebody deliberately went out of their way to buck the system, I think it would be a severe penalty and rightly so.”
Damien Ractliffe is the Chief Racing Reporter for The Age.