John Bateman: I want to be best player in Super League
The forward, who has spent the last two seasons in the NRL with Canberra, is rejoining the Warriors on a four-year deal.
And he has not shied away from setting high ambitions, declaring his intention to captain the club, win more titles – and establish himself as the leading player in the competition.
He hopes to go down as one of the best players in Wigan’s glorious history.
The 27-year-old said: “I want to be the best player in Super League, I’m not being big-headed. And I know I’ll have a target (on me), so I’ve got to take my game to a different level.
“I want to be the best in Super League. Hopefully one day I get to captain Wigan, I want to lead them to trophies and make my family proud and go from there.”
Bateman won two titles and a World Club Challenge during five years at Wigan before moving to the Raiders, where he was a huge hit – he was named Dally M backrower of the year in 2019.
The Warriors have taken advantage of the marquee player allowance – meaning only a portion of his lucrative wages goes on the £2.1 salary cap – to get him on board.
“I want to win about five Super Leagues – I’ve got two at the moment. I want to do something at Wigan,” he told the online show, Bloke in a Bar, before leaving Australia.
“They put themselves out for me, they showed me they wanted me.
I’ve signed to be with my family, but I’ve also signed for a club that broke the bank for me. I want to give them quite a bit back. I want to go down as one of the best players to have played there.”