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Fans reportedly unhappy after John Bateman makes UK return

After a rocky start to his life back in the NRL, former Wigan Warriors star John Bateman was tearing it up alongside his Tigers teammates until recently.

After visa problems delayed his debut, the back-row has been key to the Wests Tigers slowly turning around their poor form.

He has also been no stranger to a try.

In great form, the Tigers even rewarded John Bateman with a huge honour recently.

The former Bradford Bulls man captained the Tigers for the first time earlier this season

This isn’t the only big decision set to be made on Bateman, with the Tigers moulding Bateman into a 13 with the backrow set for a surprise switch into the middle having played edge backrower for most of his career despite wearing 13 at Wigan in 2021 and 2022.

Bateman was relishing this and enjoying his time down under but things have made a turn for the worse for the Tigers recently.

They suffered a record defeat against North Queensland Cowboys yesterday and fans are not happy.

Despite the fact Bateman has been one of their best players in 2023, he has not been saved from fans frustrations as they questioned why he was allowed to return to the UK over the Bye Round according to the Daily Telegraph.

They reported: “Wests Tigers gave their players an eight-day break through a round 17 bye.

“Forward John Bateman returned to visit family and friends in England while coach-in-waiting Benji Marshall ventured to Fiji for a break.

“Fans have asked how Bateman was permitted to travel 24 hours in a plane, particularly given he started the NRL season late through injury. Marshall is, according to well-placed sources, essentially coaching the team with Sheens advising.”

How anyone can question a man’s right to see his family is surprising especially given Bateman has been a rare bright spark in a difficult year for the Tigers.

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