Crows captain Rory Sloane has extended his gratitude to the SA Government and SA Health for allowing contact training in Adelaide.
The Crows and Power were prepared to move to the Gold Coast to undertake training ahead of the AFL’s return on June 11.
But a last-minute exemption means players at South Australian clubs can stay for at least another two weeks before relocating.
“SA Health have been great, we owe it to them for allowing us to stay here for a couple more weeks,” Sloane told Triple M’s The Rush Hour.
“It allows us a bit more time to plan what the hubs will look like.
“The guys who quarantined in the Barossa also wouldn’t mind a couple more days at home before we head off.”
The AFL is expected to release the first block of fixtures in the coming days with speculation high for a Round Two Showdown.
Given both teams will remain in SA for the short-term, a Showdown at Adelaide Oval is on the cards.
“There is plenty of hype around it,” Sloane said.
“We know the Port boys, they’re good fellas… (but) as soon as we hit the footy ground, things change.
“If we start with a Showdown, it (competitiveness) will absolutely be on.”
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Although the suspension of the AFL season created turmoil for many, Sloane wanted to look at the silver linings.
“The setback has allowed some quality players to come back from injury,” he said.
“For us, Tom Doedee coming back fit and healthy will be a great inclusion.”