JOHN Bateman has been rewarded for a sterling season with an extended deal.
The 22-year-old – who was out of contract at the end of next season – has signed until the end of 2017, with an option in the club’s favour for 2018.
John does not envisage going to the NRL in the near future but this contract protects the Wigan club should John wish to play in the NRL in the futureJohn Bateman
A clause in the deal allows the ex-Bradford forward to move to the NRL in 2019, if a transfer fee is agreed, on the understanding Wigan have first option to resign him on his return to Super League.
Chairman Ian Lenagan said: “Two years into his time at Wigan, John has shown on many occasions that he is one of the finest talents in the English game. His performances on the field are of the highest order and this new contract reflects his standing within the Wigan team.
“John does not envisage going to the NRL in the near future but this contract protects the Wigan club should John wish to play in the NRL in the future.”
Bateman– the club’s players’ player of the year and player of the year – capped a fine season by earning a place in England’s squad for the autumn internationals.
He said: “I’m really happy to have signed a new deal with Wigan. It was a big decision for me to come here when I did a couple of years ago but I have loved every second of
it. Playing alongside established international players like Liam Farrell, Joel Tomkins and Sean O’Loughlin has helped develop my game.”