Colin O'Riordan weighed up his options and always arrived at the same conclusion – the Sydney Swans star was better off staying in Australia and riding out the coronavirus emergency rather than returning home.
There were the obvious health risks in heading back to Tipperary. He didn't want to take the chance of contracting the virus in transit and then, potentially, passing it on to his family.
There was a sporting side to the decision, too. The AFL has been postponed until May 31 at the earliest, and O’Riordan reasoned he’d be better able to prepare for any return to action by staying in Sydney.
"You want to be close to family at times like this but there was a lot of risk in going home, too," he said.
"What if I go home and contract it on the way home and I'm unaware, asymptomatic, and I give it to my parents or even start spreading it in the town?
"There was too much risk involved in that. And we were told to start preparing for the season to start back in 10 weeks. If I go home and isolate for two weeks, then I come back here and isolate for two more weeks.
"That's four weeks out of 10. And the preparation in between, I can't imagine I’d be arriving back on the 10th week to prepare for round two – you'd have to get back a bit early, so the logical thinking was it wasn’t OK for me to go home.
"In saying that I had considered it and I’m well aware it will probably go a lot longer than 10 weeks. But it wasn’t a risk I was going to take."
Circumstances have changed rapidly for the AFL. It’s only a few weeks ago that it was all business as usual for pre-season.
As it happened, the first round of action was played last weekend – but only after being given the green light to proceed the previous Wednesday. Even then, games were played behind closed doors.
The Swans were fixed to play in Adelaide and, under normal circumstances, they would take a scheduled commercial flight. This time, they chartered their own plane.
"There was no one else on the flight. We went to the airport, straight on the plane. On to a bus, to the hotel, sat there for the night and then on to the ground.
"And then repeat that on the way home. Straight on the plane and back to Sydney – there was no hanging around for bags or anything."
The Swans got off to a winning start in an empty Adelaide Oval.
"It reminded you of an Under-10 game but even then your parents would be there. There was no one in the stand and you hear lads talking about the Adelaide Oval, it’s a hostile atmosphere and the crowd are there on top of you.
"And suddenly you run out and there is no one there, it is pretty surreal."
As one of the few top-level sports still operating, TV audiences rocketed on the AFL's opening weekend but authorities were left with little choice. The season was shut down a few hours later.
Since then, O'Riordan has been adapting to his new normal. Usually he could expect to be at the club's training base from 7am to late in the afternoon but those facilities are closed now.
Indeed, much of the Swans' roster headed home, taking the opportunity to cross state lines before they closed earlier this week. And for the dozen or so left in the city, the club have been looking for ways to help them maintain their fitness.
"A couple of the coaches packed up a van and delivered to every player that's left in Sydney a watt bike and weights," added O'Riordan.
"So we have our own little gym at home in the apartment at the minute so you can do you bike sessions and you can still go outside and do a run so you can keep your fitness up."
The league faces an uncertain future and pay cuts of anywhere between 50-80 per cent are on the cards for players. Last weekend, AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said the Covid-19 crisis was the most "serious threat to Aussie Rules in 100 years."
On a personal level, 2019 represented O’Riordan’s best season since he signed for the Swans just over four years ago, making 12 appearances and impressing the coaches enough to be handed a new two-year deal.
"I always say I'm part of the best club in Australia," explained O'Riordan regarding the Swans, who also have Wexford's Barry O'Connor on their books.
"Everything associated with the club I love, I love the whole game, I love the atmosphere in there on a daily basis. This is my fifth year and you still have to wake up and pinch yourself that you are playing sport for a living and you can never take that for granted.
"That's probably something I've learned in the last week, the chance you have, the opportunity you have. I love the club and everything they stand for.
"It's been a great four or five years and I hope to be able to stay at it for as long as I can."