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John Bateman

40 years an eagle

Well-Known Member
Nov 22, 2017
Well who is going to fill the void of Joel Thompson esquire?
Who is available and who can we afford?
Bateman would be the best on the market.. and most expensive.
I'm sure it will not be someone on more money than Thommo. eg Bateman.

It should be Keppie/Waddell or Guacamole but it looks like DEs is set on Jetski for the spot.


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Premium Member
2019 Tipping Competitor
Jan 1, 1970
We are in no position to chase anyone wanting the sort of coin Bateman would be demanding.

We are going to have to replace Thommo from within.

We haven't splashed cash on a big name in a long time. But apart from needing a bit more depth in the backs, we aren't far of having a premiership squad.

sean john

Manly Til I Die
May 25, 2015
Id like to think it will be Haumoles spot down the track.. someone may hold the jersey for a year before it happens. Id like to see him get a run on the bench this year though. Drop Gosiewski


Well-Known Member
Jun 22, 2012
This Bateman sounds like a real tool. Any Australian club who signs him after what he is doing to Canberra is nuts.
A real team player... he was agitating for an upgrade through the media during grand final week last year. Absolute mercenary,.


Armchair Expert
Jul 21, 2014
Well who is going to fill the void of Joel Thompson esquire?
Who is available and who can we afford?
Bateman would be the best on the market.. and most expensive.
When Ben Kennedy retired at the end of 2006 we had a then-reserve grader replace him... his name was Glenn Stewart.

Maybe we will be fortunate enough to have someone in our club step up to the challenge, without having to spend big money to buy someone.


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Premium Member
Oct 8, 2011

John Bateman is coming back to Super League with Wigan – and to his daughter.

The England star was roundly criticised for saying no to a new deal with Canberra, with many claiming he was only doing it for the money.

But he is in fact more likely to be taking a pay cut to return to England on a four-year contract with his former club, so he can be close to Millie.

“I’m very happy to be returning to Wigan on a long-term contract,” said the 26-year-old, who has not played this season because of a shoulder injury.

“On a personal level, some of the best times of my life have been in a Wigan shirt and I can’t wait to return, to play and make some more memories.

“It’s been a tough decision but to be back to Wigan, to be at home with my little girl, my mum and the rest of my family is something I can’t wait to experience once again.

“I still have plenty of unfinished business with the Raiders and my focus now is to get myself back on the pitch as soon as possible and put myself in the frame for selection.”

Bateman is leaving the Raiders after they got ‘sick of waiting’ for an answer on his future.

The main reason to come over here (Australia), was to test myself, to see how good of a player I am, and I feel like I’ve done that these last two years,” he told Wigan TV.

“For me, I’m happy with that. I’m happy where I’m at and I want to progress my career, I want to progress my playing abilities at Wigan. I want to come back there and win more trophies.

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