Half of the Super League clubs have still to agree pay cut terms with their players as some squads return to training this week ahead of the August 2 restart.
Castleford, Hull KR, Salford, Wakefield, Warrington and Wigan are the six clubs in question, with all due for talks with players union the GMB this week.
A seventh club Leeds has verbally agreed terms and is in the process of receiving signed confirmation.
Salford officials are hopeful that they can reach an agreement within the next 48 hours, while talks between Warrington and their players are understood to be progressing and Castleford are hopeful of an imminent resolution.
Wakefield are maintaining a pay stance that they set out in April, and are currently waiting to hear back from the players union on their squad’s decision.
Chief executive Michael Carter says that the average loss for players in net pay would be 11.5 percent over the year with the highest loss being 16.7 percent, but has confirmed that one senior member of Trinity’s squad has been calling for a strike.
Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell says there is no dispute with his squad, but that they will speak to them and the GMB again this week.
Hudgell said: “Our players have been very understanding of the position we have found ourselves in. We have been honest and transparent throughout, which I think has been appreciated. Tony Smith has managed the process very well, and communicated all the key messages. We haven’t pleaded poverty and gone out and made big name signings either.
“We hope to relax some of the cuts over the next few weeks, it’s a question of continual re-evaluation. That said we remain in a perilous position and have to take a worst case outlook for a while yet.”
Wigan officials were contacted on their current situation but have not commented yet, although their players are expected for testing on Monday.
Of the six clubs, only Hull KR are due to play on the triple header return to action on August 2, and will return to training tomorrow.
During the pay cut process, a number of clubs have passed their financial details onto the GMB to outline the severity of their own situations following the Covid shutdown.
Leeds Rhinos have estimated a £4million loss over the course of 18 months, while Warrington outlined a £1.4million shortfall in finances during the crisis so far.
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