SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 17: Brent Daniels of the Giants kicks a goal during the round five AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Sydney Cricket Ground on April 17, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Giants and Swans have been dealt severe blows by the AFL, as they have been ordered to relocate to Melbourne for up to a month due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak in New South Wales.

"The big story is, both GWS and Sydney are here and may well be here for the next month", Eddie McGuire told Channel 9’s Footy Classified.

Sydney and GWS are both currently genuine finals contenders, so the relocation of multiple home games has the potential to derail their seasons.

AFL Rd 3 - GWS v Melbourne
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 04: Giants players talk to injured captain Stephen Coniglio of the Giants after losing the round 3 AFL match between the GWS Giants and the Melbourne Demons at Manuka Oval on April 04, 2021 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Giants - currently sitting ninth - were originally scheduled to host Hawthorn at GIANTS Stadium, but will instead play the Hawks at the MCG.

As for the Swans, after travelling to Adelaide to face the Power this week, Sydney will 'host' West Coast somewhere in Victoria instead of at the SCG, where the Eagles have struggled in recent times.

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Bombers legend Matthew Lloyd believes the game should be played in Geelong, where the Swans have historically fared well.

"I’d be heading them down straight down to Geelong", Lloyd said.

"I think Sydney played Geelong very, very well and I think West Coast hate playing down there.

"They got belted by 97 points there this year, 58 the previous time".

According to reports, the two sides are unhappy with the relocation news and are hoping to return to NSW in a fortnight if the COVID hot-spots cools.

The Swans and Giants are scheduled to clash at GIANTS Stadium in Round 18.