Former Melbourne Storm star Billy Slater says NRL clubs have worked hard and deserve the $40 million rescue package announced to help them stay afloat.
All 16 clubs will share equally in the package provided by rugby league’s governing body.
The NRL is cutting 53 per cent of its operating costs in a bid to preserve the game.
Slater has told Nine’s Wide World of Sports program, players have earned the package.
“They went and put their bodies on the line when the game needed them to. The [New Zealand] Warriors stayed over here away from their families and these players were travelling interstate putting themselves at risk, so I think everyone wins out of this situation,” says Slater.
Melbourne Storm Chairman Bart Campbell is applauding the government for helping his club and other businesses to soldier on.
Campbell has told WWOS with many staff stood down, and forced to take pay cuts, the government stimulus package is welcome relief.