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John Bateman reflects on 2021 and looks ahead to righting some wrongs in 2022

When Wigan announced the resigning of John Bateman ahead of 2021, it was considered a major coup and arguably the biggest signing going into the Super League season.

To be considered as such despite the fact Greg Inglis joined Warrington whilst Kyle Eastmond made a shock return to the sport certified the quality Bateman was bringing the Warriors as he inherited Sean O’Loughlin’s vacated number 13 shirt.

The Dally M Second-row of the Year in 2019, he has been the best forward on the planet in the past but for one reason or another he struggled to put his stamp back on Super League despite winning the competition with the Warriors in the past.

Wigan surprisingly slipped to fourth last season as their attack failed to fire before they were dumped out of the play-offs in week one after an 8-0 defeat to Leeds.

However, the year wasn’t without its positives for Bateman who captained his country for the first time as they defeated France away at the end of the year.

Still one of the best players in Super League, he and Wigan are preparing for a big season in 2022 and Bateman himself has taken to social media to lay bare his ambitions for the new season as he and the Warriors strive to right some wrongs.

In his Tweet, the backrower describes 2021 as: “The year that taught me a lot buts also brought me a lot. Thank you.”

He then turned to 2022 with huge optimism: “The year we go from a family of three to a family of four and I cannot wait.

“A year us as a team and club Wigan Warriors will be ready to right some wrongs.”

Thus it seems Bateman is expecting big things for himself and his side building of a year in which he learnt a lot and in doing so gained a lot.

Alongside exciting signing Cade Cust, who is being tipped by some bookmakers to claim the Man of Steel, there seems no reason why Bateman can’t inspire Wigan to glory in 2022.

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