SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 18: Jackson Hastings of the Sea Eagles gestures during the round two NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Parramatta Eels at Lottoland on March 18, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Canberra's John Bateman is set to return to the Super League in a move that could see players shipped around three different countries, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Bateman could return to his old side, the Wigan Warriors, after two NRL suitors have dropped out of the race for his signature. According to sources, St George Illawarra have formally withdrawn from negotiations while the Canterbury Bulldogs have stared to look elsewhere.

Bateman was given permission from the Raiders to leave his contract at the end of the season on Tuesday. It is believed he was hoping to secure a $800,000 a year NRL contract that has yet to materialised. His management will now accept under that figure if only the deal is four years long.

The Dragons had offered three years in negotiations, while the Bulldogs have not publicly stated whether they are still chasing Bateman's signature. As he has only played one full season of NRL footy, some clubs were hesitant to offer four years.

Wigan have offered a $2 million four-year deal to Bateman, who would like that figure increased as the club is set to lose veteran Sean O'Loughlin to retirement at season's end and could also ship off backrower Joe Greenwood to Leeds.

Wigan could halfback Jackson Hastings could be set for a move back to the NRL. The former Rooster, Dragon and Sea Eagle reportedly rejected an offer from the New Zealand Warriors.

However, the Warriors reportedly remain keen to acquire him.

There is speculation that the Bulldogs were interested in Hastings, but are more focused on bringing over State of Origin winger Nick Cotric from the Raiders on a $600,000 a year deal.


  1. My crystal ball is showing me that John Bateman will return to Wigan, Nick Cotric will sign an upgraded deal to stay with the Raiders and Jackson Hastings is interested in joining the Warriors but isn’t keen on learning the Hakka because of previous ankle injuries.
    A few blury visions have come of John Asiata joining the Dragons, Tristan Sailor joining the Bulldogs and Tim Lafai going to England. Naturally, with these visions not being very clear they could turn out to be nothing more than a figment of my imagination.

  2. Warriors need to sign Jackson Hastings and fellow Englishman, hooker Daryl Clark.
    Fix that spine…

    1. RTS 6. Nikorima 7. Hastings 9. Clark

    I’m order to get that done, overpay Hastings, 500k a season for 4 years and give his current club Wigan, Blake Green.
    Clark who plays at Warrington with Ben Murdoch-Masila (Warriors recruited player for 2021) give them Agnaius Paasi and pay him 600k a season for 3 seasons.

    Wigan clear the cap space to also sign John Bateman without giving up Greenwood. Blake Green and John Bateman joining Bevan French, Zak Hardaker, George Burgess amd Joe Greenwood become a huge threat.

    The NZ Warriors obviously get a lot better with some real leaders, playmakers and game changers.

    Warrington who lose Clark can replace him in house with Declan Patton who represented England A/England Knights and they already have great halves with Gareth Widdop and Blake Austin. They get a player in Paasi to replace Murdoch-Masila and obviously clear some more cap space.

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