With North Melbourne relocating to Brisbane for up to three weeks due to Melbourne’s developing Covid situation, players have once again been asked to head to a temporary hub away from their families.
While far from the ideal scenario, Jack Ziebell, who recently welcomed his first born child, says the club put player’s wellbeing at the forefront of the decision-making process.
“We’re a family first club and they’ve made it clear from the start that whatever your situation is they’ll work through it,” Ziebell said.
“Everyone’s got different situations with kids, some of the guys don’t have kids and some of the guys have a lot of kids. Every situation is very different so each situation will be handled at its own discretion.
“The priority is that our club is family first and we’ve made the best decisions with that in mind … the club has been fantastic.”
With the decision to travel to Queensland only made on Thursday morning, the quick turnaround means the team will be travelling just two days after returning from Perth after defeating West Coast at Optus Stadium.
Ziebell says the players’ are no strangers from reacting to a Covid affected fixture.
“We’re used to every situation, we’ve been in this situation before and this season throws up anything,” he said.
“We’re just happy to roll with the punches, we’re just doing what we can to keep the game rolling.
“This is the situation we’re in and we have to take it with a positive mindset, go up to Brisbane and we have a job to do on Sunday.”