Wigan Warriors John Bateman named on Man of Steel 2018 shortlist

Wigan's versatile John Bateman has been named on this year's Man of Steel shortlist.

Thursday, 27th September 2018, 6:01 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th September 2018, 9:32 pm
John Bateman in action against Saints. Photo: Bernard Platt

Bateman, 24, join Wigan at the end of 2013 from hometown club Bradford.

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During his time with the club, he has become an England international and he has played a starring role for the Warriors this year - mainly as a forward but also covering at centre.

He announced mid-season he will be leaving to join NRL club Canberra Raiders for 2019. The Australian club paid a "significant" transfer fee to buy-out the final year of his Wigan deal.

The other contenders are Saints duo Ben Barba and James Roby.