SAINTS have given fans until mid-September to decide which of the three options they will take on their 2020 membership rebate.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the impact on the Super League season, which included a four-month lockdown, supporters across the sport have not received what they paid for in difficult times for all concerned.

Following a survey in June, Saints are now offering three options to 2020 members – donate to the club, take credit, or receive a pro-rata refund.

In option one, a donation of membership back to the club means a fan would not claim back any credit or refund.

"This would be an incredible reflection of your already resolute support for our club and help us to maintain financial stability in this difficult period," says a club statement.

There are rewards for fans who select option one, including entry into a draw to win lifetime membership (more details below).

Choosing to credit, which is option two, will mean a fan's membership being credited back to them in the form of a discount on future season memberships for the next three seasons (2021, 2022 and 2023).

Fans should note that renewal prices will be frozen for all donating and crediting members for the next three seasons (2021-23).

The final option is to receive money back whereby a pro-rata refund would be given for the number of 2020 regular season home matches that were played behind closed doors or that were removed from the fixture list.

"This option is the most damaging for the club’s finances but we understand that the uncertain position many fans may find themselves in, means they have no choice but to request a refund and we fully understand this," says a club statement.

In return for 'hugely appreciated support and understanding' and to mark each donating member’s commitment, they would receive the following:

* Membership renewal prices will be frozen for the next three seasons (2021-23)

* Donating members' names in the body of official player warm-up shirts for 2021 season – these will not be available to purchase as retail products and will only be worn by the players themselves from the start of the 2021 season

* Donating members' names will be displayed in the player’s tunnel at the Totally Wicked Stadium for the next five years to show your commitment to the players as they enter the field

* Special members' pin badge.

* 10% off all products in the Saints Superstore for in-store orders for the duration of the 2021 season (T&Cs apply)

* Entry into a prize draw to win a membership for Life – your seat at the Totally Wicked Stadium paid for life! To be drawn 1st October, plus entry to win a range of other money can’t buy prizes including…

- VIP hospitality places at each 2021 Betfred Super League home fixture

- A trip for a winning Member +1 guest to travel with the team to the Catalan away fixture

- A full training experience with the club coaching staff including a behind the scenes tour of the club’s high performance centre at Cowley

- Exclusive boardroom experience on Matchday

- Your own personal training session with the Saints performance staff

- Behind the scenes media experience with the club on a matchday

- Junior members also have exclusive chance to model the new 2021 home kit before it’s launch

Saints returned to playing matches two weeks ago with games played behind closed doors and there are no guarantees at this time when fans will be allowed back into stadia to watch the action.

A club statement says: "As we explained back in June at the time of our survey, there has been an unprecedented amount of uncertainty and disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, with wide-ranging effects on both our club and the wider sport of rugby league and our fans.

"We are also acutely aware of the pressures the lockdown has created in the local and wider economy with no household being left unaffected.

"This has a been a hugely difficult period for all concerned and during the crisis, the club has seen the vast majority of its income streams halted since the middle of March.

"Despite this, our fans have still been supporting us admirably, by purchasing merchandise online from the club superstore and by enjoying our Saints TV subscription service, and we thank you hugely for this.

"As our chairman has already highlighted on many occasions in the past, your incredibly loyal and proud support of our great club, is what keeps us going through the bad and the good. Our appreciation cannot be overstated, and we are eternally grateful for each and every fans’ individual and collective contribution.

"We remain hopeful that fans will be able to attend the Totally Wicked Stadium for games later in the calendar year, but there are of course no guarantees.

"In the meantime, all 2020 members can stream all Saints’ televised fixtures in August for free via the OurLeague App (Details HERE).

"With games being played behind closed-doors for the foreseeable future, this means that a number of games from your membership will become invalid, and therefore you would be entitled to have this unused portion of your membership – which we have termed as your membership value, refunded back to you.

"We are not certain at present, how many games or what portion of your membership this is likely to be, as we do not yet know what path lies ahead in getting our supporters back watching games live."

More details regarding each option can be found HERE on the club's website, where members can also select their preferred choice.

Options need to be chosen before Tuesday, September 15, 2020. After that date any members who have not selected will be assumed by default that they are happy to donate their membership value to the club.