Raiders winger Jordan Rapana has known the Brits for a couple of years, but still has one distinct issue with them.
“To be honest I still struggle to understand Elliott and Hodgo and I’ve been pretty good mates with them for the past two years,” Rapana told The Daily Telegraph.
“He’s a new boy so he’s going to have to have little Hodgo there translating for him, he’s pretty hard to understand.”
Bateman has already played 15 Tests for England along with 167 Super League games for Wigan and has previously been nominated for the Golden Boot.
The 25-year-old is looking forward to testing himself in the NRL.
“I just thought I wanted a good challenge. I’m looking forward to working with them (Raiders pack) to learn off them and improve my game,” Bateman told The Daily Telegraph.
“I mainly play big minutes in the back-row, but often spend time in the middle from there.”