Signing up as a member can now help the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have a shot at winning a share of a massive $400,000 prize pool.

The NRL today launched two club membership races where the winners will be the clubs who can attract the most new members between now and 20 May.

For the first time, NRL club members will have the opportunity to decide how to spend some of the winnings from each race, with a maximum of $25,000 up for grabs on options such as a members’ party, paying for members to travel to interstate matches or making a donation to charity.

There will be a total prize pool of $200,000 across each race, consisting of $100,000 in cash and $100,000 in advertising grants.

In the first race, prize money will be offered to the three clubs with the greatest increase in their total membership number by Tuesday 20 May.

Race two will reward the top three clubs with the greatest percentage increase in their total membership number, during the same period.

With the Cowboys’ 2014 membership figure of 10,352 quickly closing in what the club achieved last season, NQ is one of the leading contenders for the second race.

“We are having two races to ensure that clubs with a larger membership base as well as those with smaller membership numbers can compete,” NRL Head of Commercial Paul Kind said.

“We thought that it was important to give our club members a say in how they would like some of their prize pool is spent.

“It’s a great way to get the members excited and hear their thoughts on investment.”

Here's what the club membership breakdowns look like for Race Two:

Club

RACE starting point

2013 membership

Rabbitohs

25,832

27,392

Broncos

18,704

26140

Dragons

14,741

19748

Knights

14,300

16506

Eels

12,957

17162

Bulldogs

12,319

15508

Storm

11,172

15,020

Roosters

11,582

13,842

Cowboys

10,352

10,991

Sea Eagles

9,352

11,006

Panthers

7,806

6,143

Warriors

6,013

10,386

Sharks

6,273

7,589

Titans

7,068

10,319

Wests Tigers

5,790

11660

Raiders

6,300

8898

To give us a fighting chance, join the Stampede today and get your friends and family to sign up as well! 

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