After months of hypothesis Canberra has confirmed John Bateman will likely be leaving the membership early to pursue a much bigger deal.
The Raiders will release the Dally M second-rower from the closing 12 months of his deal, that means he can link up with a cashed-up membership similar to the Bulldogs or Dragons in 2021.
There can also be some hypothesis the former Super League star might return to England to play with former membership Wigan.
“The club made the difficult decision to allow John to pursue other long-term options and as a result, 2020 will be his final season with the Raiders,” Canberra Raiders CEO Don Furner mentioned.
“We’re trying ahead to John coming back from his shoulder harm quickly and ending his time by serving to us make the semi finals once more.
“John was incredible in 2019, that includes in our first Grand Final look since 1994 and profitable the Dally M for second rower of the 12 months.”
Meanwhile Bateman, who hasn’t performed a sport in 2020 due to a shoulder harm, thanked the membership which allowed him to negotiate with rivals so as to earn more cash.
“The Raiders gave me an opportunity to come to Australia and play in the NRL and I’ve loved every moment playing for the club,” Bateman mentioned.
“I’m doing everything I can to make sure I get back on the field as soon as possible and finish my last season with the Raiders on a high.”
More to come.