Rumour: Knights interested in John Bateman

Discussion in 'Knights Signings, Rumours & Player Movement' started by 88Knight4life, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. 88Knight4life

    88Knight4life Andrew 'Joey' Johns

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2016
    Posts:
    4,801
    Supposedly the knights are keen on Bateman,
    I personally think his a hot head that will get pumped in the nrl.
     
  2. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2008
    Posts:
    12,268
    Reading comments from pommy fans during the WC, they don't even rate him.
    They had some good wingers, but said they'd never get the ball because Bateman doesn't pass.
     
  3. cowboyman

    cowboyman Mark Hughes

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2012
    Posts:
    2,870
    Occupation:
    Hospitality
    Location:
    Hunter/UK
    He ain't a centre. I'd play him in the backrow but he then doesn't have the body type of most backrowers in the NRL. I rate him as a player but not sure how he would go in the NRL.
     
  4. slotmachine

    slotmachine Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2011
    Posts:
    6,217
    He'd make a perfect pair with moga
     
  5. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2012
    Posts:
    23,697
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Brisbane
    From Fox Sports

    ANOTHER English rugby league star could soon be on his way to Australia, with Wigan forward John Bateman expressing a strong desire to test himself in the NRL.


    The 24-year-old, who featured in all of England’s World Cup matches last year, says it was his experiences during the tournament that reinforced his goal to play Down Under.

    He’ll have a terrific chance to showcase his skills to NRL scouts when Wigan face Hull FC in the first ever Super League match played outside of Europe on February 10 at WIN Stadium.

    The Warriors will also tackle South Sydney in a double-header at ANZ Stadium on February 17, with St George Illawarra doing battle with Hull FC in the other clash.

    Bateman has always made it known about his intentions to play in Australia, so much so he had an NRL get-out clause included in his current Warriors deal which expires at the end of 2018.

    “I’m off contract at the end of this year so (the NRL) is something that I’d like to explore,” Bateman tells foxsports.com.au.

    “Seeing what it was like when I was playing over there for the World Cup, it’s really good, just how big of a scale rugby league is over in Australia.

    “It’s one of those things I’d definitely explore to see the possibilities, but also speak to Wigan to see what they’ve got to offer as well.

    “It’s a fantastic place to live. Spending time over there has motivated me a bit more to want to come over (to play).

    “It’ll be a big thing leaving the family but it’s definitely one of those experiences where I’d like to test myself and give it a go.”

    Bateman, who considers himself a backrower despite playing nine of his 11 Tests for England in the centres, has never been short of NRL interest.

    “When I was at Bradford, Wayne Bennett spoke to me when he was at the Newcastle Knights,” he revealed.

    “Canberra have spoken to me a few times and there’s been a couple of other ones that were interested when I signed my current contract.

    “I’ll just go through my agent to see what he thinks is best for me.”

    It was at Bradford where Bateman forged a strong friendship with fellow England international Elliott Whitehead.

    He admits the Raiders star has been trying to convince him to make the move.

    “When I first signed on at Bradford as a young kid at 16, he was about 20,” he says.

    “He used to take me to training and stuff like that so we’ve been close mates ever since.

    “He’s been in my ear a bit. He’s been talking Australia up and saying how much he likes it at Canberra, how good it is out there and the lifestyle.”

    But for now, Bateman’s immediate focus is on Wigan’s upcoming season and their fleeting visit to Sydney.

    “It’s very exciting; I’m looking forward to it,” he says.

    “Some players may never get the chance to play in Australia, so for them it’s a really good opportunity.

    “All the boys are very excited; they’re all trying to get their beach body ready.”


    https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/en...l/news-story/69b7ef10f8493a8c64b196035ae4e6e2
     
  6. Wobbles

    Wobbles John Crooks

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2017
    Posts:
    565
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Canberra
    We're looking pretty solid in the back row, and no doubt a quality centre will be on the market sometime before 2019.

    Pass for me.
     
  7. Joshhh

    Joshhh OnARampageFuelledByGod

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2010
    Posts:
    11,161
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    New Lambton, Newcastle
    He definitively won't be coming to the NRL as a centre, he's a backrower through & through. Started playing very young & we've been chasing him ever since, so very experienced & hardened, but very small. I've only seen him play a few times, but he reminds me of a skinny version of Luke Yates.
     
    LEVR likes this.
  8. Ethan

    Ethan Sean Rudder

    Joined:
    May 9, 2012
    Posts:
    2,655
    Bateman 6'1" and 98 kg id rather keep the young guys we have coming through and he would want a packet too ...No from me ...
     
    Barry Crush likes this.
  9. Frank McWilliams

    Frank McWilliams Daniel Abraham

    Joined:
    May 2, 2017
    Posts:
    1,459
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Penrith
    Didn't we try this last year with a centre/2nd row player that didn't work out.
    Have plenty good and promising 2nd rowers need a top class specialist centre, no thanks.
     
    slotmachine likes this.
  10. cowboyman

    cowboyman Mark Hughes

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2012
    Posts:
    2,870
    Occupation:
    Hospitality
    Location:
    Hunter/UK
    Although on the smaller scale he can put fear in the opposition as he is very powerful especially in defence. Just think his height size could be a factor for backrow with the way the game is going. Could be forced to move in as a lock unless he can get upto speed in centre which I just can't see for a full NRL season.
     
  11. Chief Longhorn

    Chief Longhorn Dairi Kovae

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2015
    Posts:
    602
    PASS! We have enough young talent to develop without taking unnecessary risks on untried poms! If a legit top-line forward was to come onto the market, different story.
    Sam Stone will be our next great back-rower, with only an ounce of luck!
     
  12. LEVR

    LEVR Banned

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2017
    Posts:
    756
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Barangaroo
    Yea this makes fk all sense

    We've already got a surplus of super talented up and coming backrowers. The only scenario where Brown can be considered sane is if Bateman plays in the centres. But even then. Everybody knows Super League backs dont convert to the NRL

    Sam Tompkins is like the Darren Lockyer Johns Lewis of the SL, and he looked like a regular FG fullback at the Warriors. Then there was that other superstar gronk who played for the Panthers. By the end of the season we was fighting for a start in reggies
     
  13. Joshhh

    Joshhh OnARampageFuelledByGod

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2010
    Posts:
    11,161
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    New Lambton, Newcastle
    The thought could be that Super League backs don't convert to the NRL, so instead sign a tough SL backrower utility type as a back, because presumably, as a forward they should have the size, toughness, defence & general grittyness that English backs lack. Joe Wardle for example. The downside is you'll only get a Storm-like tradesman rather than a flashy guy. And that's only if they're even fit, agile or fast enough to play in the backs at NRL level.
     
  14. Wobbles

    Wobbles John Crooks

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2017
    Posts:
    565
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Canberra
    Seems that the pommies that make the biggest, sustained impact are those who pack down in the front row.

    Widdop is among the best of the smaller guys, but even still he's middle of the road at best. Maybe alongside Hunt he'll regain the form he showed when paired with Cronk, but don't expect anything special from him on a regular basis.
     
  15. EASBay17

    EASBay17 Peter Shiels

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2011
    Posts:
    1,245
    Location:
    Belmont
    That is exactly how wardle was talked up though, havnt seen enough of him to give a judgement. I dont think we need anymore backrowers
     
    LEVR likes this.
  16. Lord of the Skraelings

    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2010
    Posts:
    6,177
    Occupation:
    Chairman of Marathon Stadium Forums.
    Location:
    Where I reside at.
    Shame there is no Adrian Morley clones going around, we are still missing a genuine enforcer in our pack that puts fear in the opposition.
     
  17. LEVR

    LEVR Banned

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2017
    Posts:
    756
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Barangaroo
    Y overlook King 4 ??
     
  18. Lord of the Skraelings

    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2010
    Posts:
    6,177
    Occupation:
    Chairman of Marathon Stadium Forums.
    Location:
    Where I reside at.
    King at best will be a solid first grader like the vastly overrated on here Aiden Tolman, though he does have some mongrel in him unlike Tolman who couldn't bruise a grape.
     
  19. danknights

    danknights Adam Woolnough

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2016
    Posts:
    2,565
    Bruising opposition or not. I just want the team to make their tackles.
     
    slotmachine likes this.
  20. Ethan

    Ethan Sean Rudder

    Joined:
    May 9, 2012
    Posts:
    2,655
    IMO King will surprise most in the next year or two , he looks to me to have defensive enforcer written all over him ...He reminds me of my boy a bit not the best runner of the ball by any means but loves tackling and that hard hitting contact ...
     

Share This Page