With some of the biggest names in the game as members, Rugby League Coaches Association chairman Mal Meninga feels they could play a crucial role in helping with the coronavirus crisis.
The NRL, the Rugby League Players Association and broadcasters are currently locked in discussions about how big a pay cut the players will have to take in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Players could be forced to share $12.4 million between them in April, or potentially spread over a couple of months, with the NRL postponed indefinitely.
Discussions are ongoing and might not be resolved until early next week as the RLPA examines the NRL's financial accounts.
But the RLCA, which boasts Meninga and Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson amongst its ranks, is not involved in the discussions.
Meninga praised the way they were being handled, but felt the NRL senior coaches held plenty of sway with their respect clubs and playing groups and could play a key role.
"I don't know why we're not at the table, to be honest with you, but going forward we believe we've got a really strong voice and a really strong influence on the game itself," he said.
"We're hoping down the track, with respect to the times at the moment, that we do have a voice in the game collectively.
"That's going to help the NRL get our way through this [situation] we're in.
"I think the coaches have really strong influences on their clubs and their playing staff so I think we should be at the table at some stage in the future. At the moment that's not the case."
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Meninga's bunkered down in Canberra with his main concern - like everybody - keeping his family safe and doing the right things to prevent the spread of the virus.
But he said the RLCA was still in constant contact with their members.
Head coaches and their assistants are being forced to take annual leave or, if they don't have any, unpaid leave.
Raiders chief executive Don Furner said on Thursday they would keep their football department on until the end of April and then they would be in the same boat.
Meninga said the biggest concern amongst the senior coaches was for their staff.
"You listen to the coaches. Kelly Egan, who is our CEO, he's in constant contact with the head coaches and that's their major concern at the moment is their staff," he said.
"The people that are around them that are reliant on their livelihood to survive. That's the real story around this I reckon.
"Obviously the players play a really big part in this and we'll see what their generosity brings out. The head coaches are really concerned about their staff as well.
"We're not at the decision table at the moment. We're a fledgling component to the game so we haven't been at the table with these decisions, which is a bit unfortunate, but it's unfortunate times."
While his main focus was on the human aspect of the pandemic, he also hoped the game's best interests were also taken into account.
"All the footy stuff is a little irrelevant for me. Our leadership, we have enormous trust in, I think they're doing a terrific job," Meninga said.
"They're going through their own battles each day - negotiations through all the different parties that need to be considered in this.
"Then ultimately everyone will make the decision hopefully collectively, what's in everyone's and the game's best interest. That's really important.
"And then we all work together to minimise whatever we need to do, Hopefully we get a competition up and running this year."