Reports: Bateman linked with Canterbury

Canberra Raiders forward John Bateman has been linked with a possible move to Canterbury Bulldogs for the 2021 season, according to

Bateman had earlier rubbished claims he had asked for a release from the Raiders. However, he did confirm they gave him permission to talk to other clubs as they are tight on cap space.

He also said there is a renegotiation clause in his contract at the end of each year. Despite this, he says his preference is to stay at Canberra.

However, Canterbury could be set to declare their interest this week. A move there would see him unite with England teammate Luke Thompson, who will join from St Helens.

Bulldogs officials are set to contact Bateman’s agent Isaac Moses in the coming days.

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