The Canberra Raiders players outside of the NRL club's Queensland bubble could be free to play in the Canberra Raiders Cup. With the NSW Cup likely to be on ice as long as Sydney remains in lockdown, the Raiders' reserves need a place to play. For those that were part of the 29 players Raiders coach Ricky Stuart took to the Gold Coast, where they'll stay for at least the next four weeks, it's currently unlikely the Green Machine would look to ballot them out to Queensland Cup sides - like some Sydney clubs were considering. And for the half dozen who were left behind in Canberra, like Darby Medlyn and Ata Mariota, they might be allowed to play in the local competition to keep their match fitness up. That lack of NSW Cup games has already claimed it's first Raiders casualties, with Kai O'Donnell and Adam Cook released from their Canberra contracts so they could return home to Queensland - where they will play for the Mackay Cutters in the Queensland Cup.