The Gold Coast SUNS have today tested all players and staff for COVID-19 as part of the AFL’s plan for a return to play date to be locked in.

SUNS CEO Mark Evans said the players have also had a flu shot in preparation for the season to resume as mandated by the Queensland State Government.

“All of our players are being tested today (for COVID-19),” Evans said. 

“We’ve been working very hard with the AFL to make sure that we comply with all of the directions of each of the state jurisdictions.

“Here in Queensland we’ve been following the Chief Health Minister’s advice and all of our players so far have had their flu shot.

"I think there might be a couple still to go - some players that were in Victoria that have returned here missed that initial time frame but that should be done by the end of (Wednesday)."

The SUNS’ COVID-19 testing is part of the AFL’s request for every player in the competition to be tested before Friday.

Testing is also being conducted out of Marvel Stadium this week for Melbourne-based clubs. 

Evans said the AFL would soon announce its return to play protocols, but warned there was a strong likelihood of stronger restrictions on AFL players and staff to minimise risk. 

“We have to understand that if we want this season to continue uninterrupted then we have to play our part in that,” he said.

“That means there might be restrictions where you can’t go visit other households and things like that. 

“Even if those restrictions have been eased in society we may still be a little bit more protective than that.

“But if you’re outside of your house or outside of training we would expect you to follow the medical protocols to make sure that you keep the social distancing because it’s going to be good for our community and good for our industry if we manage that risk.” is reporting players are set to be briefed with plans for the AFL’s restart by the AFL Players Association on Wednesday.