Test uncertainty costs Bulls their captain

JERSEY BULLS captain James Querée declared himself unavailable for today's league opener in London due to current Covid-19 test processing times.

Jersey Bulls will play their opening six league matches, and possibly more, away from home as UK-based teams are not yet allowed to travel to the Island Picture: DAVID FERGUSON
Jersey Bulls will play their opening six league matches, and possibly more, away from home as UK-based teams are not yet allowed to travel to the Island Picture: DAVID FERGUSON

Querée will miss the club's away trip to Bedfont and Feltham because the team will not be returning to the Island until Sunday morning and Covid-19 test results are therefore unlikely to be returned before he takes an accountancy exam on Monday. And he is not the only player who is ruled out because of a potential 48-hour wait for a result.

‘We’ve been quite relaxed about it,’ said Querée. ‘There’s a couple of players like Jules [Gabbiadini] – his girlfriend is pregnant and is a teacher and Paul McCafferty is a teacher and they can’t take that risk, so they’ve had to step away for the foreseeable. But at the same time, we went five months without playing so we’re committed.'

He added: ‘Obviously for a lot of the guys who work in an office, you can work from home. A lot of the offices have the infrastructure to do that now. But that doesn’t work for those who work on sites and when you do have to get back on a Saturday evening you do have to self-isolate. You can’t be seen in the pub, as you bear that risk, and that’s another commitment from the management and the players.

‘Moving forward there should be a new testing centre that is operational in mid-September so hopefully, when we are coming back on the Saturday evening we will be able to have the results by Sunday evening.’

Bulls are playing at least six of their opening games away from home due to strict local guidelines preventing their English opponents flying to Jersey.

Full story in Saturday's JEP.

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