John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders

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Re: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders

Post by FROG » August 11, 2018, 4:39 am

If nothing else, it speaks volumes of the opinion that Wigan have of him. Let's hope he is one of the very few that is able to make the transition.

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Re: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders

Post by Seiffert82 » August 11, 2018, 8:27 am

MrPosh wrote:
August 11, 2018, 12:07 am
Look, as an Englishman, I'm not blind to the relative strengths of the NRL and ESL (the gap between the top clubs is actually quite small - the gap between the middle and lower clubs is huge), but irrespective of that, Wigan is one of the true giants of the game - and the fans' expectations are massive.

Their fans are extremely disgruntled at the moment and managing the loss of the clubs best player is a big deal - hence this agreement (read up on Iysten Harris if you want the legal precedent and why Wigan has done this).

For what it's worth, I'd expect him to return because of his young daughter, as opposed to a contract, but I wouldn't pay much attention to the deal.

What Canberra has got is just what's needed - mobile and ferocious defence through the middle, decent go forward with a nice offload and, despite his size, a bit of an enforcer. He is as hard as nails.

I've watched him, Whitehead and all the Burgess boys come through at Bradford and he and Sam are the best two we've had - certainly in the last 20 years.

Oh, and don't touch Williams. He's decent enough, but not great and not what Canberra needs.
Thanks for the insight MrP.

FWIW I've been turned off our club big time this season. I'm really looking forward to having one or two new players next year who will absolutely rip into the opposition and give it all they have got. I hope Bateman brings this attitude to our team, because it is sadly lacking this season.

Over the years I've loved watching the likes of Josh Miller and Alan Tongue rip in and give it everything. That's why I come to watch the football. I don't care so much if we lose to a better team. What I do care about is losing as a result of poor attitude, ill discipline or no effort. That's why this year has sucked so badly.

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Re: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders

Post by RedRaider » August 11, 2018, 9:32 pm

Just on Wigan as a Club. They have won 2 of the past 5 years of Super League and also been runners up twice. He is considered a stand out player for them. I look forward to what he can bring to the Raiders over the next 3 years. Here's hoping some of his skill and attitude can help grow and develop the youngsters coming through at the Raiders. I am far more concerned about turning around our fortunes in 2019 than worrying about season 2022. Let's get the current train wreck back on track and be thankful we have signed a current International wanting to wear our jersey.

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Re: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders

Post by Wiki Special » August 12, 2018, 9:42 am

Watching highlights and reading on John Bateman he appears to have a lot of Gareth Ellis about him. Let's hope we get the same impact Ellis gave the Tigers from Bateman at the Raiders.

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Re: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders

Post by bonehead » August 12, 2018, 6:22 pm

watching this wigan v Castleford match, Bateman looks good, Sutton looks short of a run after 8 weeks out. Socks down agro fronty not afraid of being 3rd man into a tackle - that ticks a few of my boxes.

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Re: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders

Post by edwahu » August 12, 2018, 6:58 pm

I'm looking forward to watching him play for us. I've really come around to this signing.

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Re: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders

Post by bonehead » August 12, 2018, 7:57 pm

what about Nathan Massey!! when did he have that growth spurt

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Re: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders

Post by -GD- » August 14, 2018, 12:33 pm

Canberra Raiders English star John Bateman reportedly comes at high price
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Canberra last week confirmed what I reported months ago - that it had signed Wigan and England star John Bateman.

But what hasn’t been made public is that the Raiders paid a sizeable transfer fee for the Test forward.

Wigan hasn’t revealed the figure either but my well-placed source there says it is around $250,000.

While that is a big figure for a player who only had one year left on his deal, Canberra realised several other clubs - including Cronulla - would be rivalling them for his signature if they waited they 12 months for it to run out.

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Re: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders

Post by Dusty » August 14, 2018, 12:42 pm

Is that included in the cap?


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Re: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders

Post by bonehead » August 14, 2018, 12:48 pm

Dusty wrote:Is that included in the cap?


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supposedly wasn't for Burgess or seggy, admitted Burgess was from outside the sport.

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Re: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders

Post by -TW- » August 14, 2018, 12:55 pm

Wigan are now the proud owner of More Chilli in Raiders Belconnen

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Re: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders

Post by The Green Arrow » August 14, 2018, 12:56 pm

bonehead wrote:
August 12, 2018, 6:22 pm
watching this wigan v Castleford match, Bateman looks good, Sutton looks short of a run after 8 weeks out. Socks down agro fronty not afraid of being 3rd man into a tackle - that ticks a few of my boxes.

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Yeah watched this game as well and echo these sentiments.

Bateman has really high motor and is clearly a key player in their team. Looks to have a nice set of skills too, put in a grubber and also had an offload. Strong for his size. I checked out the ESL season stats after the game and he's 1st in the league for offloads and 8th for tackle busts, pretty handy.

Sutton looks like a bit more of a project but is aggressive and runs hard. Can't judge too much though as it was his first game in a couple of months.
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Re: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders

Post by greeneyed » August 16, 2018, 9:46 pm

John Bateman receives help in choosing Canberra Raiders for NRL move – from Mal Meninga

MAL Meninga played a key role in sealing John Bateman's switch to NRL side Canberra on a two-year deal. Sales pitches from Meninga and boss Ricky Stuart helped the 24-year-old, who has the option of a third year Down Under before returning to Wigan, choose them over other clubs.

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Re: John Bateman signs with Canberra Raiders

Post by Begbie » August 16, 2018, 10:37 pm

Onya Mal

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