CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 27: John Bateman of the Raiders celebrates at full time following the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Canberra Raiders and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at GIO Stadium on September 27, 2019 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Canberra Raiders forward John Bateman has had minor shoulder surgery to fix an ongoing shoulder problem.

The Raiders revealed on their website that surgery was opted for after the Englishman had an extended representative season with the Lions.

The club is hoping that surgery will fix the issue without any prolonged effects.

There is currently no timetable for the 26-year old’s return, with an assessment to be made closer to the season.

Bateman joins Hudson Young on the sidelines, who is suspended for a further five matches from his 2019 suspension.


  1. Please don’t envoke it Kev I’ve made that mistake before.

    Seems to be quite a few more injuries compiling up over the preseason. I hope for Raiders Bateman doesn’t miss too many games he’s crucial for them to go one better following last year’s success. As the same with Arrow playing the style of footy the pair of them do they’ll always do so with niggling injuries not an inch of self preservation in them.

  2. Bateman is overated anyway… who cares.
    South Sydney Sombreros should win the comp this year …. they hope so anyway, otherwise you know what…..
    triple choke!

  3. Who cares Kev ? Let’s talk about the myth of the Parramatta Eels which i look forward to seeing in 2020 . More spoons coming this decade old sport.

  4. Bateman an excellent player but not as good as some media portray him.
    Hope he comes back ready for a good year.
    An honest player.

  5. TheRopeableRooster February 5, 2020 at 6:32 pm
    Twentyone reckons Bateman is coming home to souths in 2021

    Yep….. for less hahahahahaha

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