Coleraine chairman Colin McKendry says he's delighted the Bannsiders have made a financial contribution to maintain Covid-19 testing in the Danske Bank Premiership.
The testing for top-flight clubs and match officials has been extended thanks to a contribution from Linfield and Coleraine, who are covering the total cost of the next four-week block.
After the self-imposed fortnight's break last month, an initial four-week testing initiative was announced, which has now been prolonged, thanks to the 'generous contribution' from the Blues and Bannsiders 'as the clubs that represented the league in Uefa Club Competitions this season', according to a NI Football League statement.
The original testing regime saw clubs receive 160 test kits for the four weeks, with the total cost for all 12 clubs coming in at just over £15,000. That initial bill was jointly footed by NIFL and the Irish FA.
McKendry said: "We have made a sizeable contribution. From the curtailment of the league, we always said we were prepared to make a sizeable donation to a Covid relief fund, and we have never shied away from that idea at every meeting we have been at.
"We are not trying to be heroes but we do want to do something for football. It was important action was taken.
"I've no doubt NIFL and the Irish FA will continue to review the situation.
"We would all love to see the season concluded and the testing has been successful.
"The testing is necessary and I hope it can be maintained following further negotiations. It's proving a challenge to get to 38 matches but that's our goal and we will endeavour to do that."
He added: "It will be tough on players but huge credit to them for rising to that physical challenge."
NI Football League chairman Gerard Lawlor said: "The health and wellbeing of players, coaches and officials remains paramount to the NI Football League and the continuation of testing alongside strict compliance to Covid-19 protocols gives everyone involved a level of reassurance.
"On behalf of the NI Football League, I would like to express sincere gratitude to Linfield and Coleraine for supporting this next phase of testing following their successful exploits in European competitions.''
Phase two of the testing programme begins on Monday with all participating players, coaches and match officials being tested as before.
Players and staff are separated before training and tested, with a result available 15 to 30 minutes later.
If an individual tests positive, he or she will return home and self-isolate in line with the latest health guidance.
They must also notify the Public Health Agency and undergo a further test.
Champions Linfield earned £900,000 in prize money for their Champions League and Europa League run last summer, while Coleraine, who finished second last season, brought in £630,000 after progressing through two rounds of the Europa League.
The next phase of Irish Premiership fixtures takes place tomorrow, with all 12 teams currently scheduled to be in action.