MELBOURNE will be on the move once again next week, preparing to settle into a new hub in Queensland.
The AFL announced the news on Wednesday afternoon, with the Demons forced out of Sydney after just two weeks in their Manly hub.
"Victorian teams will be based out of Queensland for up to 10 weeks as we aim to get the majority of the season complete in that time frame," AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said.
“Victorian teams based in Queensland are fixtured to travel interstate to play and will travel to their game, then return back to Queensland.
“Melbourne, which is currently based in New South Wales, will also move to Queensland next week.”
While the Dees were initially told they would be on the road for approximately 32 days, McLachlan’s statement suggests the remaining games in the home and away season will be played outside of Victoria.
“We’re not able to announce the fixtures yet, however we are working with the AFLPA and clubs on what compression is possible,” he said.
“At the start of this pandemic when we first shortened the season and the game time, it was done to provide us with the flexibility and agility to make decisions like the one today.
“We must continue to embrace the challenge ahead.”