“Terrible for the club” – How social media reacted to John Bateman’s Wigan Warriors exit

After months of speculation, John Bateman’s move to Wests Tigers from Wigan Warriors has finally been confirmed but what do the fans think of his departure?

It was nice to see plenty of Wigan fans wish him good luck on his new adventure. There seemed to be no hard feelings from some as they bid farewell to Bateman for the second time in five years.

Meanwhile, a Saints fan admitted “they were sad to hear” about the move. You be the judge of whether it was sarcastic;

One fan was left devastated by the news it seemed – perhaps it ruined Christmas:

Another felt it was smart business especially as they received what the club described as “a significant fee”:

Many though don’t want to see Bateman return to Wigan if things don’t work out for him in the NRL over the next four years:

Lastly, one fan was disappointed by the timing of the news, though there was not much Wigan could do about it.

They feared for fans who got Bateman’s name on the back of their shirts for Christmas but given that the squad numbers haven’t been released for this reason has safeguarded against this:

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