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Wigan star weighs up NRL offers

13th June 2018, 16:06 by Gareth Freeman

John Bateman admits he is tempted by the chance to move to the NRL but says he hasn't ruled out staying with Wigan either.

The England international is under contract with the Warriors until the end of the 2019 Super League season but has a release clause which enables him to move to Australia at the end of this year.

The 24-year-old back-rower has been linked with NRL outfits Cronulla Sharks and Canberra Raiders, and Bateman admits he could be open to a move Down Under, but he is planning further talks with his current employers before he makes a decision.

Bateman also revealed Wigan coach Shaun Wane's decision to leave will have an impact on his own decision, but first he wants to focus on England's Test against New Zealand in Denver, USA, on June 23.

"Wigan's my priority at this moment in time," he said, as reported by Sky Sports. "I'm going to weigh up all my options, I've got a family so it's not an easy move, not like jumping in a car is it, it's the other side of the world at the end of the day. It's massive for me. Like I say, I'm really happy at Wigan."

He added: "Obviously it's a big thing with Waney leaving, he's coached me since I got there [from Bradford in 2014].

"I just want to sit down with all parties and literally get it all out on the table and see what's what.

"I've got a couple of offers [from NRL clubs] and I'll probably make a decision in the next month or so. I'll get this Denver game out of the way first."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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