Nathan Buckley calls on Victorian AFL clubs to travel more in 2020

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has said his side will put its hand up to travel interstate more in 2020 in order to 'even up' the fixture inequalities that will arise as a result of the West Australian and South Australian clubs being housed in a Queensland hub.

Due to stricter COVID-19 border restrictions in Western Australia and South Australia, whereby any visitor or returning resident must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, the AFL and clubs made the decision to relocate West Coast, Frementle, Adelaide and Port to the Gold Coast in order to get the season underway by June 11.

Speaking on Fox Footy, Buckley said the Pies would "put their hands up" to travel more in order to even up the shortened, coronavirus-affected season.

"I think the Victorian clubs that don't travel as much as the interstate clubs are probably in a position to share that travel load a bit more, to buffer the WA and SA clubs in their predicament, going to hubs at the moment," Buckley said on Monday.

"And I would put our hand up to travel a little more often, to be able to buffer that and share the load through the 10 Victorian clubs that probably haven't had to travel as much at times. I think that's probably something that we would see.

"In the end, you've got to do what you can to get the competition going.

"We feel very fortunate to get back to work, and that's pretty much what we're doing."


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AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan last week said the fixture for the 2020 season would be released "in four-to-six-week blocks", the first of which will be unveiled in the next seven days, paving the way for a different fixture than what was released last October.