Wigan Warriors’ John Bateman named on Golden Boot long-list

Wigan Warrior John Bateman has been included on the Golden Boot long-list
Wigan Warrior John Bateman has been included on the Golden Boot long-list

Wigan’s John Bateman has been added to the long-list for the 2018 Rugby League International Federation Golden Boot.

The prestigious honour – awarded to the player who has produced the most outstanding performance in international games throughout the year – has been extended following the weekend’s games.

Bateman, back in his favoured second-row role, was outstanding during the 18-16 first Test win over New Zealand at Hull, as was Elliot Whitehead, his former Bradford Bulls team-mate who he joins at Canberra Raiders in 2019.

He is joined by St Helens winger Tommy Makinson and Whitehead on the list.

Makinson, on his first Test start after a try-scoring debut against the Kiwis in June, also impressed.

New Zealand stand-off Shaun Johnson – who won the Golden Boot in 2014 – and captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak have also been put under consideration following their own exploits in the tie.

They join a list that already includes Tonga’s Jason Taumololo and Sio Siua Taukeiaho as well as Australia’s Valentine Holmes, James Tedesco and Boyd Cordner.

A panel, drawn from rugby league media in both hemispheres, will meet again on Sunday to select the final shortlists ahead of the awards dinner at Elland Road, Leeds, next Wednesday.