JOHN Bateman scooped two club awards last night – and predicted: “Watch out for what we’re going to do.”
A day after being named in the England squad, Bateman was named Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year at the Warriors’ DW Stadium dinner.
I think if you look at our team, it’s full of young players and we’re definitely going to kick on. Watch out for what we’re going to do – we’ll kick on for the futureJohn Bateman
The accolades helped nurse the wounds of Saturday’s 22-20 Grand Final defeat against Leeds.
And the ex-Bradford forward points to the clutch of young players as a sign Wigan will be better-equipped to win silverware in 2016 and beyond.
Bateman, 22, said: “The game slipped out of our hands, and Leeds deserved the win.
“But I think it’s been a successful season with the people who have come through.
“I think if you look at our team, it’s full of young players and we’re definitely going to kick on. Watch out for what we’re going to do – we’ll kick on for the future.”
Bateman – who has played centre and second-row this season – was one of six Wigan players named in the England squad for Tests against France and New Zealand this autumn.
They will meet up with the rest of the squad tomorrow.
Super League Young Player of the Year George Williams picked up the club’s in-house version.
Winger Dom Manfredi won try of the year, Connor Farrell picked up the Community Award, and Gabriel Fell and James Worthington the U-19s and U-16s Player of the Year awards respectively.
Departing trio Matty Bowen, Larne Patrick and Joe Burgess reflected on their stints at the club.
Bowen had the honour of being made a life member of the club.
Rugby manager Kris Radlinski said: “When Matty wasn’t playing this year, he didn’t sulk but helped Ryan Hampshire learn the full-back position.” No.1 Bowen even received a special video message from good friend and Australian international, Johnathan Thurston.
He said: “Knowing you as I do, I’m not surprised the people of Wigan have taken you to their hearts.”
The Peter Higginbottom Recognition Award was presented to retired stadium manager, and lifelong fan, Alan Sumner.
Barbara Thompson won the Community Champion Award.