“I can’t see every club surviving”: Phil Gould’s dire warning for rugby league fans

Phil Gould has sent alarm bells ringing in rugby league land saying he doesn’t believe all clubs will survive the COVID-19 lock down.

The NRL on Monday suspended their season sending players into isolation.

“I can’t see every club surviving,” he said on Channel Nine’s 100% Footy.

“Some get their funding and revenues from different sources. So how it affects these clubs will be different across the board, but I guarantee there’s half a dozen clubs that will be extremely vulnerable in this time.

“Some of the bigger, stronger clubs that do have leagues clubs backing – which they don’t have now with the shutting down of clubs – but certainly with property and other revenue streams, they are going to be in a good position.

“But no-one is going to be able to sustain a lockdown of their licensed club and the football funding missing for a long period of time and come back anywhere near what they are at the moment.”

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