John Bateman has cleared up confusion that was surrounding his move from Wigan Warriors to the Canberra Raiders. It was confirmed earlier this month that England international Bateman would be leaving the Super League side, where he has been since 2014, at the end of the season to join NRL outfit Canberra.
However, recent reports have claimed the 24-year-old’s contract with the Australian team has a clause inserted that states the centre will return to Wigan after a couple of years Down Under.
But, Bateman has been quick to clear up any confusion and admits he would like to play for the Warriors again, although there is no set time-frame on when he will return.
“I’ve not signed anything to say I’ll come back in three years’ time. I’ve had a few people saying I’m just going on loan for three years. I don’t want Wigan fans in three years time saying ‘eh, where’s John?’
“My aim is to make it over there and stay there and be successful. I emphasised to Rads (Kris Radlinski) and Ian (Lenagan) that I did want to come back to Wigan at some point. What they’ve done for me has been special.
“But there’s no such thing as a deal already signed. I’m not signed to come back after three years with Canberra. They’ve paid a fee for me so I don’t want to disrespect them and do that. When November comes I’m their player and that’s how it goes.”