The Gold Coast SUNS will today fly to Victoria after being advised by the AFL to leave Queensland due to the evolving COVID situation.

The SUNS will travel to Melbourne on a chartered flight after today’s announcement that South East Queensland would enter a three-day lockdown from 6pm.

AFL Executive General Manager Club and Broadcasting Travis Auld said the SUNS (and three other clubs travelling into Melbourne) would be COVID-tested on arrival and isolate until they each receive a negative result.

“We will continue to remain adaptable as the season progresses in a constantly changing environment,” Mr Auld said.

“While COVID-19 continues to impact the community we will work closely with state governments, health officials, our clubs and players to ensure the best possible outcome for everyone in the game.”

The AFL will provide further updates relating to Gold Coast’s Round 16 fixture against Richmond, originally scheduled for 7:20pm Thursday at Metricon Stadium, in due course.

The SUNS preparations for the match will continue and the club will remain flexible moving forwards, to ensure the 2021 Toyota AFL Premiership continues to progress.