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GWS Giants coach Leon Cameron says the spirits are high among the travelling contingent as they continue to navigate their way through a troubling football season full of more COVID-19 obstacles.

GWS Giants coach Leon Cameron says the spirits are high among the travelling contingent as they continue to navigate their way through a troubling football season full of more COVID-19 obstacles.

The Giants have been on the road for four weeks already and have recently relocated from Melbourne back to Queensland where they are poised to remain for the remainder of the season as the situation in New South Wales further deteriorates.

Already displaced, the Giants and their crosstown rivals the Swans were faced with more drama on the eve of their displaced derby on Sunday night as a number of players and officials were withdrawn from participating in the game due to an exposure site reclassification in Victoria, forcing many into 14 days of isolation.

Star forward Toby Greene is among the Giants in isolation along with fellow player Matt de Boer, Kieran Briggs, and Jake Stein and will be unavailable for Sunday night’s crunch clash with Essendon as both teams are right in the hunt for one of the top eight spots up for grabs.

Cameron said that the players and the staff that remain in isolation are doing well and in good spirits.

“They’re going really, really well. They’ve got the opportunity to prepare so they’re as best prepared for next week when they come out their 14 days” Cameron said.

Despite some chatter mid-week about potentially putting the season on pause to give time for everyone to take a breath after the madness that ensued before Sunday night, and give all stakeholders a chance to gather their collective breath. With lockdowns currently in place in Victoria, South Australia, and New South Wales and with rigid border restrictions changing rapidly, the AFL is managing to power on and complete the season without breaks.

“We were very keen to push on,” Cameron said when asked if he was in favour of a pause on the season.

“We’ve been pretty lucky.

“We had to leave Melbourne pretty quickly, but so did the Swans, both sides adapted, we played the game… And it was a pretty high-standard game.

“We were keen to play last Sunday and we’re very keen to play again this Sunday against the Bombers”

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As the Giants’ finals aspirations go on the line yet again, the whole squad is set to be boosted by the news that the players and staff’s families have been granted approval to reunite with the team. The travelling party flew out of Sydney this week and will spend 14 days in quarantine before linking up with the rest of the team.

” They’ve {The AFL and the Queensland Government] done a wonderful job getting it organised with so much going on.

“I think they fly in today and quarantine for the 14 days.

“No doubt when that comes to fruition, family get to see players and wives, girlfriends, kids, whatever that may be, it’s going to be a huge boost”

Small forward Ian “Bobby Hill, who only earlier this week left Queensland to return home to be with his partner and injured ruck recruit Braydon Preuss are among the traveling party who will reunite with the team.

Cameron is strong that the reunion will only propel the Giants forward in their push to return to the finals.

“We’ve been on the road now for four and a half weeks. We’re disappointed we lost a couple of close games but equally, our spirits are high” he said.

“We know we’re still right in this season, we know we’ve got the capabilities of playing some really strong footy and we’re putting all our energy into that Essendon game on Sunday night”.

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