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AFL moving closer to grand final clarity

Discussions between the Victorian government and the AFL about the 2020 grand final could be completed by the end of next week, clearing the way for the league to make a decision on when and where this year’s grand final is played.

The AFL will wait until those talks are finalised before considering submissions from four states – NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia – that are pitching for the AFL grand final to be played in their state for the first time.

Footy in the Gabba .... but will it host the grand final?

Footy in the Gabba …. but will it host the grand final?Credit:Getty Images

Queensland has made no secret of its desire to host this year’s grand final at the Gabba after opening its borders to the AFL community from early July, accommodating Victorian clubs in hubs and hosting games with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk saying on Monday her government and the AFL were having “close talks behind the scenes”.

However Western Australia also remains in the race to host the big match despite its Premier Mark McGowan announcing on Tuesday the state would retain its current COVID-19 restrictions until at least Saturday, October 24, one of two possible grand final dates.

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