The A-League is heading towards a hub-like model in order to complete the final six rounds of the season, according to PFA chief executive John Didulica.
While no time frame has been put on when the sport will return, FFA chiefs will watch the reintroduction of the NRL this month with keen interest as the government continues to lift more and more of the restrictions in place for COVID-19.
It has been uncertain what that return to play will even look like once it is given the green light, but it appears a hub system – similar to that mooted by the AFL – will be the way to go in order to complete the season.
It is expected all of the games could be completed inside one month, meaning it is far more manageable for players being away from their families than it is in other codes.
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“I think where it’s heading it skewing it more towards the hub model,” Didulica told Adam Peacock on the Fox Football Podcast.
“I don’t think there has been any final decisions made in that regard but certainly the hub model makes a lot of sense, given we’re so close to the end of the season.
“Many of our players are conditioned to those ‘camps’ and a ‘camp-based’ approach to football, whether it is World Cups or Youth World Cups, pre-season camps… it’s not alien for footballers to be away from home for three or four weeks.
“If we’re facing that sort of decision then I think it’s one we can certainly opt into. On balance, it appears that it is also the safer option rather the bump-in, bump-out approach, where you have to go to airports and interact with more people in your day-to-day life.
“But we’ll work through that with the FFA, but I think the hub model is something that is palatable to our group for sure.
“I think the game can afford it. There is revenue that sits in place to allow the league to finish and that would simply be an adjustment against that.”