Club-by-club guide: Can your team survive NRL financial crisis?

Payers from Manly, Melbourne and St George Illawarra, pictured here during the 2020 season.
Manly, Melbourne and St George Illawarra. Image: Getty

Rugby league great Phil Gould has warned all 16 clubs won't survive the suspended season, while NRL boss Todd Greenberg has flagged a potential bail out with richer clubs to support the vulnerable franchises.

All 16 clubs woke to a new reality on Tuesday, with no football in the foreseeable future and a significant hit to their bottom line.

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Several clubs have already been forced to stand down staff or place them on annual leave, with no-one safe as the clubs search for ways to save money.

The impact of the coronavirus on clubs who have previously walked the financial tightrope in the past could be dire.

Here, AAP takes a look at every club’s situation:


Considered the game's off-field benchmark, with $14 million believed to be in the bank after reportedly amassing revenue of $52 million last year.


Believed to be owned by the Queanbeyan Leagues Club, who have six clubs and posted a $1 million profit last year.


Backed by the powerful Canterbury League Club, which has been forced to drastically cut their costs after restrictions were placed on licensed venues.

Football club staff have been stood down while the season is suspended.


The Sharks have begun to cull staff, including club legend Paul Gallen.

However, the Sharkies leagues club, which props up the football team, has $16 million in cash reserves and $25 million in development assets.


Privately owned by the Frizelle family who have reportedly experienced tough times in the car industry, it is believed the Titans have made moves to ease the financial burden on the club by cutting staff.


Rumours have been rife in recent years that majority owner Scott Penn, who is dealing with a $2 million tax bill last year, that he could sell.

Penn last week said “all clubs would go under” unless the federal government stepped in.


Should be well-equipped to survive after being independently valued at more than $30 million earlier this year when Melbourne businessman Brett Ralph bought a stake to join Gerry Ryan, Bart Campbell and Matthew Tripp.


Owners The Wests Group have stood down up to 1200 staff and placed them on leave entitlements after closing down their six licensed clubs across NSW.

However CEO Phil Gardner says the football club is secure.


The Cowboys have been profitable in the past two years and had just unveiled a $293.5 million home ground, Queensland Country Bank Stadium, but the postponement may hit the club hard after beginning work on a Community, Training and High-Performance Centre expected to be opened ahead of next season.


Parramatta Leagues Club are the major financial backers, and like every other licensed venue in the country, have been forced to close their doors.

The leagues club posted $2.2m profit last year and have $70m in assets.


The Panthers' five leagues clubs have all closed their doors.

Group boss Brian Fletcher has told News Corp the clubs, along with the football club, are expecting a $40 million loss over the next six months.


One of the league's safest with a league-high 28,413 members, as well as Russell Crowe and James Packer holding a 75 per cent ownership.

Retired legend Sam Burgess will get two weeks' pay before being let go.


Partially privatised by WIN Corporation and appear to be financially viable.

The Dragons also have 15,035 registered members, but will be relieved to also receive their NRL grant.


The back-to-back reigning premiers are well-backed by the Easts Group, who last year posted $76 million revenue.

Chairman Nick Politis, who made $290m in two months last year, is one of the game's heaviest hitters.


They've returned from their temporary Gold Coast home, and CEO Cameron George says they will at least be self-sufficient in the short term.

They have nearly 13,000 members and are bank-rolled by long-standing New Zealand manufacturing company Autex Industries.


The Tigers are debt free but not helped by the closure of pubs and clubs given they're backed by Wests Ashfield Leagues Club.

The club boasts a net asset balance of $60 million and bailed out Balmain Leagues Club after the entity went into voluntary administration two years ago.