MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 08: Steele Sidebottom of the Magpies looks on during the round 16 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Collingwood Magpies at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 8, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Collingwood vice-captain Steele Sidebottom will not be returning to the club’s Queensland hub to play in the Magpies’ upcoming finals campaign, per collingwoodfc.com.au.

Sidebottom and partner Alisha recently welcomed the birth of their daughter, Matilda, last weekend as the Magpies star departed his side’s hub in August to be there for the birth

Watch the 2020 Toyota AFL Finals Series on a Kayo 14 day free trial with every game before the Grand Final Live & On-Demand. Or, Telstra customers get $10 off Kayo per month for 12 months. Stream instantly!

“Steele and Alisha have made a call that is completely understandable and one we wholly support,” Collingwood GM of Football, Geoff Walsh, said.

“Their comfort and security as a family was always the most important consideration.”

Both Sidebottom and Alisha were planning on leaving Melbourne to join the Collingwood hub, with the pair having to quarantine before Sidebottom would be made available to play.

However, a number of challenges have restricted the two-time Copeland Trophy winner from being able to take part in the club’s upcoming finals campaign.