The trade period is a 12-week period that will run from 1 July to 31 March, with the trade period also ending on a Saturday.
During the trade periods, players can be traded on a player-by-player basis.
The trade periods are divided into two phases.
In the first phase, players who have been on the books for more than a season will be eligible to be traded during the second phase.
In order to be eligible for trade during the first or second phase, a player must have played a total of 20 NRL games during the previous two seasons.
The trade period begins on 1 July and runs until 31 March.
It is believed that the AFL will have the first trade period.
However, if the AFL did not sign a deal with the NRL to begin with, the AFL could extend the trade window to allow the NRL a greater degree of flexibility to negotiate a deal.