Raiders boss Don Furner has predicted 2022 will be the toughest pandemic season yet as the NRL scrambles to deal with the latest tsunami of COVID cases which are severely impacting the league. Most NRL clubs are set to return to preseason training on Thursday, and will be required to abide by an ever-growing list of COVID protocols which include daily tests for players and football staff. Strict bubble conditions will also be in place this season despite the majority of the league being double vaccinated, which reportedly include bans from indoor venues like pubs, clubs and cinemas, and the need for visitors to players houses being required to pass rapid tests before entering. Canberra superstar Jack Wighton vented his frustration with the latest wave of infections earlier this week on Instagram, posting: "Thought I was getting the stupid vax so I didn't have to do another year off (sic) this s***". Furner told SEN radio on Wednesday morning that 2022 was set to be the toughest since the global COVID outbreak.