John Bateman could be set to sign a four year deal with NRL club Wests Tigers as he leaves Wigan Warriors behind.
That is according to the Daily Telegraph who have reported that the deal is in the final stages of agreeing the switch.
One of the biggest transfer stories of the year could be about to reach a conclusion before the beginning of 2023.
Things kicked into gear when during the Rugby League World Cup when new Tigers boss, formerly of Hull KR, Tim Sheens, who was in the UK helping Italy, held a meeting with Bateman hoping to lure him back down under after he left Canberra Raiders in 2020 to return to Wigan.
This came after the Tigers had already made a move for him but stepped back over the transfer fee they would need to pay.
However, the club changed their stance on this following this meeting.
Now, according to the Daily Telegraph, the Tigers are ready to secure this signing before the new year begins as they pay $250,000 to release him from his deal at Wigan before its completion.
The publication has also revealed when Bateman is expected to arrive at Wests and begin preparations for 2023.
They revealed that in the early stages of the new year with the deal set to be confirmed in the next few days.