West Coast veteran Shannon Hurn says players remain in the dark over how the 2021 AFL season will play out but admits returning to quarantine hubs remains “a possibility”.
Speaking on Sportsday, Hurn admitted the Eagles had been “pretty lucky” to return to training as normal after WA’s snap COVID lockdown earlier this month.
But he expects the AFL to step in should Victoria’s similar lockdown fail to end this week.
“I think it’s going to depend on how long the Victorian lockdown will go for,” Hurn revealed.
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“If it’s out tomorrow or Thursday, I think we’ll be fine but if it goes for a few days longer, (the AFL) may look at trying to equalise (training across the country) in some capacity.”
The Victorian COVID cluster continues to wreck havoc on the AFLW fixture; something Hurn says could lead to an altered AFL fixture.
“It would be nice if it was a normal home and away season (in 2021),” he said.
“Or it will just be a hybrid where you go east and play two games and a team comes over here and plays us and Fremantle.
“It may be a hybrid but we’re not sure.
“No one really knows”.
Hurn said he was looking forward to getting the 2021 season under way, and potentially becoming the first Eagle to ever play 300 games.
“Touch wood, the body’s going well,” he said.
“I understand about how to prepare for a season and a game, and how much training I need to do.
“I’m loving my footy at the moment and aim to keep playing as long as I can.”
Hurn, who made his debut for West Coast back in 2006, remains just four games shy of Dean Cox’s Eagles’ all-time record of 290 games.
West Coast will kick off their 2021 campaign against Gold Coast, with the match scheduled for Optus Stadium on Sunday, March 21.