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Sport John Bateman to quit Raiders at end of year to pursue better deal

07:55  30 june  2020
07:55  30 june  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

Bateman to leave Raiders at end of season

  Bateman to leave Raiders at end of season The Canberra Raiders confirmed forward John Bateman would leave the club at season's end.The England international, 26, has been linked with the likes of the Canterbury Bulldogs and Wigan Warriors, the latter the club he left for the Raiders ahead of the 2019 season.

Bateman still has two more years to run on his deal with the Raiders , but recently acquired the services of player manager Isaac Moses. The Raiders have salary cap limitations for next season and may not be in a position – nor are they obligated – to bump up the back-rower's deal .

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John Bateman of the Raiders poses during a Canberra Raiders Training Session & Media Opportunity at GIO Stadium on October 01, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. © Mark Evans/Getty Images John Bateman of the Raiders poses during a Canberra Raiders Training Session & Media Opportunity at GIO Stadium on October 01, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. English backrower John Bateman has informed Canberra officials this year will be his last as he weighs up whether to continue his career in the NRL with rivals Canterbury or returns home to Wigan.

The Raiders granted Bateman permission to test his value on the market for 2021, despite still having one final year in his contract worth $600,000.

Bateman burst onto the NRL scene last year and was named 2019 Dally M back-rower of the year as he became a vital memeber of the Raiders team that qualified for the club's first grand final in 25 years.

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John Bateman moved to the Raiders to prove himself against the world’s best and he did just that in 2019 as he took the competition by storm. Named the Dally M Second Rower of the Year , the Englishmen will look to build upon his first year and help the club go one step further in 2020.

Bateman will become the fourth English player on the Raiders ' roster along Hodgson, Elliott Whitehead and Wigan prop "I spoke to Stick (coach Ricky Stuart) at the start of the year (about signing Having already secured 12 caps for England, the versatile Bateman can play equally well in the middle third

The Herald understands Bateman's management requested more time to negotiate with rival clubs, despite being granted permission several months ago.

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Canberra made it known they needed an answer either way so they could prepare for life with or without the hard-running backrower.

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The Bulldogs have been heavily linked to Bateman with reports suggesting the Belmore club are prepared to outlay as much as $800,000 a year for him to join fellow Brit Luke Thompson.

But Bateman has made it clear he misses family and his daughter Millie, and a move home to accept a $2m deal with former club Wigan is looking the most likely option.

Bateman is expected to be sidelined another couple of months yet because of a second round of shoulder surgery.

The Green Machine are also in negotiations with winger Nick Cotric who has stalled on a whopping five-year deal worth around $2.5m to consider an even bigger contract from Canterbury.

Cotric is keen to play centre, a positional shift that can be accommodated at Belmore, but the Raiders are happy for their local junior to remain on the wing.

Bateman, 26, was excellent on the right edge last year and played a huge role in helping the Raiders all the way to the grand final.

He told the Herald back in May he was not being greedy for wanting to secure a better deal elsewhere, especially with his daughter's future in mind.

"When I'm 45 and struggling to stand up, or trying to put my daughter through university, no one is going to ring me and say 'you know that extra few hundred grand you were hoping to get? We've got it for you now'. She's my girl. That's who I wake up every day for. That's the reason I go to work, to give her the best life possible," Bateman said.

As Bateman informed his teammates of the news to finish up, Thompson was reporting for his first day of training at Belmore.

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