Canberra have kicked off their bid to field a team in the NRL Telstra Women's Premiership in 2022 or 2023 after raising more than $120,000 at an NRLW fundraiser dinner.
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart and the men's NRL squad were among the guests at the National Press Club of Australia on Tuesday night and help support the club's future ambitions of taking part in the women's competition.
The NRLW is considering expanding to six teams in 2021 before the possibility of further expansion in 2022, with Raiders CEO Don Furner telling NRL.com the club would aim for next year in a best-case scenario.
"The night was highly successful, there's a lot of companies who want to support women's sport," Furner told NRL.com.
"The fact it was purely for our future women's team will mean from there we'll be able to tap into those funds to help support our bid to have an NRLW team in the near future.
"At our previous event a couple of years ago we raised about $600,000 when we first built our Centre of Excellence, which will also cater to future women's programs.