John Bateman to exit Canberra Raiders at end of 2020 season

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The Canberra Raiders have confirmed restless English star John Bateman will leave the club at the end of this season.

Bateman has been in the headlines regularly since grand final week last year after he controversially revealed in an interview that he was seeking a pay upgrade and would go elsewhere to get it if he needed to.

Nine months later the saga finally has a resolution with Canberra unprepared to pay him what he believes he is worth.

“The club made the difficult decision to allow John to pursue other long-term options and as a result, 2020 will be his final season with the Raiders,” club CEO Don Furner said in a statement.

“We’re looking forward to John returning from his shoulder injury soon and finishing his time by helping us make the semi finals again.

“John was fantastic in 2019, featuring in our first Grand Final appearance since 1994 and winning the Dally M for second rower of the year.”

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