It's a welcome boost, but the Canberra Raiders will still take a financial hit despite the NRL's relief package.
The Raiders will get $400,000 from the NRL for the four home games they lost due to their relocation to the Gold Coast for the final two months of the 2021 season.
While the NRL stumped up $100,000 for each home game lost when the teams moved to the Queensland bubble, it won't be enough to cover the Raiders' loss of revenue which runs into the millions.
But Raiders chief executive Don Furner said every bit helped after the second COVID-affected season in a row.
Last year the Raiders had to play home games at Campbelltown in front of empty grandstands.
This year they shifted the entire squad and coaching staff - and most of their families - to the Gold Coast for the final eight rounds of the regular season.
That included four Canberra home games - against Cronulla, St George Illawarra, Manly and the Sydney Roosters - which were played in front of small crowds at the Gold Coast, Lang Park and Mackay.
Not only did the shifted games hit their revenue, but they also had to refund members and corporates for the loss of games in the capital.
Most of that has been rolled over into next year's packages - although the money could be refunded or donated to the Green Machine.
Next year's memberships will go on sale at the beginning of November, which has been pushed back to allow for the rollover and refunding process.
"That's really positive [the NRL funding]. Obviously our losses were a lot, as were other clubs," Furner said.
"The NRL's being managed really well now and luckily they've shaved their own costs, which helped.
"It gets us out of a bit of a hole. The last two years have been really tough.
"No [it doesn't cover everything], but it all helps. You've just got to wear the loss and move on."
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Touch wood, Furner was hopeful things might return to something closer to normality next year.
He said it was too early to know what conditions might be put in place for fans to attend Canberra Stadium and whether coronavirus vaccination would be a requirement.
Victoria Racing has already said vaccination would be mandatory for everyone working in the industry, while the Victorian government was considering making it compulsory for construction workers as well.
"It would be nice to have a normal season," Furner said.
The Raiders' NRL funding was part of a combined $7 million COVID-19 relief package to clubs to make up for lost revenue through a lack of crowds and home games.
Clubs from NSW and the Melbourne Storm, along with Canberra, have been doing it tough due to lockdowns and closed leagues venues that has affected their bottom lines.
The $100,000 payment will apply for every home game lost either to relocation or matches played without crowds.
NRL games were last played in front of fans in Sydney in late June, while Queensland clubs were impacted by the loss of almost two weekends without spectators.
The NRL is counting its own cost of the relocation which has added another $30 million to expenses as well as another $30 million in lost revenue.
"The game has fought hard this year to keep going amidst the challenges of the pandemic," NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said.
"Both the NRL and clubs have been hurt significantly by not being able to have crowds and relocating the competition to Queensland.
"The NRL has had growth in commercial revenues and has also reduced costs significantly.
"Therefore the commission approved some further financial support for the clubs arising from the impact of COVID-19 on the financial ecosystem.
"Particularly for clubs who have had to relocate and not play in front of their home crowds." with AAP.