Super League facet Wigan have formally confirmed Canberra back-rower John Bateman will return to the membership for the 2021 season.
Bateman, who was one of many Raiders’ stand-out gamers within the their run to final 12 months’s NRL grand last in his debut season, was reluctantly granted an early release by the membership earlier this week.
The 26-year-old, who has been sidelined with a shoulder damage that can hold him out for the a major a part of the NRL season, has agreed a four-year contract with view to a fifth season.
“I’m very happy to be returning to Wigan on a long-term contract,” Bateman mentioned.
“On a private stage, a few of the greatest occasions of my life have been in a Wigan shirt and I am unable to wait to return, to play and make some extra reminiscences.
“It’s been a troublesome determination however to be again to Wigan, to be at house with my little lady, my mum and the remainder of my household is one thing I am unable to wait to expertise as soon as once more.
“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.”
Wigan’s govt director, Kris Radlinski mentioned: “Wigan are thrilled to be bringing John again to the DW Stadium.
“John is among the greatest gamers on the planet. He has the respect of gamers and coaches in each hemispheres and is a pure born competitor and chief.
“We’ve been extraordinarily proud to see him take the NRL by storm in 2019 and we have all the time seemed ahead to welcoming him again to Wigan when the chance introduced itself.
“We had an settlement with him that, ought to he come again to the UK Super League, then we might have first choice on him.
“As he’s entering the prime years of his playing career, I think it’s a real coup for the Super League to have a player of his calibre return to the competition.”
“John is now completely focused on getting fit and returning to the Raiders squad and finishing off his adventure in Australia on the highest note possible.”