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The Eagles have landed: Second Queensland hub stint underway for West Coast

Hub version 2.0 has begun for West Coast after the team arrived at the Sanctuary Cove Resort this evening.

The squad flew out of Perth this morning, landed in Brisbane and then drove for more than an hour on three buses to get to their accommodation.

The Eagles stayed at the Royal Pines Resort, just a stone’s throw away from Metricon Stadium for their last hub but have been re-located to Sanctuary Cove Resort after Victorian clubs moved into their former venue when West Coast returned to Perth.

Jack Darling, Tim Kelly and Liam Ryan stepped off the bus with their children in their arms as they combine parenthood with playing.

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The players went straight to their rooms to settle in before re-gathering as a group for a walk and stretch.

West Coast are in recovery mode having played against Greater Western Sydney on Sunday. They have little time to prepare for their next match, given that is against Richmond on Thursday night at Metricon Stadium.

The Tigers trained on the outer oval at Metricon Stadium this morning.

With the majority of AFL clubs now in Queensland, finding locations to live and train has been a challenge for the league.

West Coast are hoping to train at Southport but are yet to finalise their plans for working through five matches in 19 days.

“There is a log jam of different ovals so we will be told what is available but if we can get some night training in, we might look to do that. But it will be pretty much recover and play,” West Coast football operations manager Craig Vozzo said.

Jack Darling and the Eagles have reached Queensland.
Camera IconJack Darling and the Eagles have reached Queensland.

“We are looking at doing some training at the Southport facility. We scoped them out as part of the last trip. We are confident they are really good and will provide us with everything we need.

“It’s a great opportunity for the group. We are all really looking forward to it.

“It’s never easy but it should be some good fun. We only found out yesterday where we are staying but we understand it’s really well appointed and there are plenty of meeting areas and open spaces.”

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