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Full-strength Eagles ready for AFL hub

By AAP Newswire

A lack of meetings has left players happy, but West Coast coach Adam Simpson admits restrictions on gatherings have made life difficult ahead of the AFL season restart.

The Eagles will on Monday fly to the Gold Coast, where they will stay for a month to resume the season.

All available players have signed off on joining the hub with the Eagles confident it will not extend beyond four weeks.

The Eagles will hold a scratch match on Friday night and, with the exception of midfielder Mark Hutchings (knee) and forward Jarrod Cameron (pelvis), Simpson has a full-strength squad available to face the Suns next Saturday.

Simpson is confident his players are fit and ready to go but concedes he's had limited opportunities to address them as a whole.

"The challenge mainly has been adhering to protocols inside the facility .... trying to get guys prepped and recovered with no real meetings allowed," Simpson told reporters.

"I think the players have actually enjoyed that part. They've been in and out of the club within two or three hours.

"The actual connection of the players is something that I think everyone's working through.

"How do we do what we normally do to get the unity going when you can only do it in groups of eight indoors? That has been a challenge."

Western Australia's quarantine requirements have made home games impossible but there is optimism conditions will soon be relaxed.

It is hoped interstate teams could eventually be allowed to train and play matches in WA while serving the 14-day quarantine period, allowing the AFL to rotate two teams at a time in and out of the state in a controlled manner.

"The guys are in a good space on the track. There's really good momentum," Simpson said.

"The only thing we haven't got is a return date, which I know the AFL are working really hard on. We should find that out in the next week or so, hopefully.

"We are used to travelling, we're used to playing on the road, we're used to being together a lot but probably not this long."