John Bateman has spoken out to the Wigan fans about his disappointment about his first season back in the UK and what the fans can expect heading into 2022.
Much was expected of Wigan in 2021 on the back of a stellar season under Adrian Lam in 2020, when the club reached the Grand Final and scooped up the League Leaders’ Shield.
But, 2021 was a different kettle of fish as the Warriors finished fourth in the Super League table, whilst their play-off hopes were done and dusted in the first week with an 8-0 loss to Leeds Rhinos on home soil.
And, Bateman has addressed the problems and how they will learn in 2022:
“It’s not how I wanted my first season back at Wigan to end, but we’ll dust ourselves down and we’ll go again. We’ve had our ups and downs this year, but we’ll be better for it.
“For me, to be back home playing in front of my family each and every week makes me proud, and I’ve absolutely loved it. To be back in Cherry and White colours and playing in front of our loyal fans has been amazing. Thank you to you all, you’re a special group and your support never goes unnoticed.
“In 2022, it’s the beginning of a new chapter. A new Head Coach and new players, but one thing always remains the same – having you guys with us. We need you all in what will be an exciting year for the Club as we celebrate 150 years of Wigan Warriors.
“New players will arrive and I’m looking forward to stepping onto the field with the likes of Patrick Mago, Kaide Ellis, and Abbas Miski.
“Wigan is a Club of rich history and one that strives for success. Our focus will be to respond from this year’s disappointment and bounce back stronger, together.
“Next year, we need your support to do that. It is a year to celebrate this great Club and we want you all to be with us all the way. Be a part of it and become a 2022 Season Ticket Holder.
“See you all soon. We will be back bigger, better, and stronger.”
It is the Wigan club’s 150th anniversary with a number of initiatives already been taken such as 150 limited edition medals.