John Bateman has rubbished reports linking him with a return to the NRL, and says he is “100% committed” to Wigan.
Reports in Australia had linked Bateman with a return to the NRL to support his partner, who was reportedly homesick.
However, Bateman took to social media to set the record straight, insisting that he and his partner Amy are happy at Wigan and that he is “100% committed” to the Warriors.
He tweeted: “Just a quick message to address rumours about my future at Wigan.
“Firstly my girlfriend – not wife – Amy is not one bit homesick and she has in fact been living the best life ever by being on holiday for the last four months, so let me assure you she’s not homesick. If anything, she’s absolutely loving England.
“Also, I assure I’m 100% committed to being at Wigan and my life back home with my family and friends. I can’t wait to get stuck in to the back end of the season with the lads.
“Thank you for the messages of concern I appreciate it but there is really no substance to any of these stories whatsoever.
“PS. Amy will be getting a job very soon trust me and there’s been no secret wedding.”
Just to set a couple of stories straight 😘 pic.twitter.com/aDQ8YKqjnd
— John Bateman (@johnbateman1) September 1, 2021
Bateman, 27, returned to Wigan on a four-year deal earlier this year following an impressive two-year stint Down Under with Canberra Raiders.
The England international has made more than 200 career appearances for Bradford, Canberra and Wigan. He has won 20 caps in total for Great Britain and England.
Bateman, who was named in the Super League Dream Team in 2018, has won two Super League titles with Wigan and was part of the Warriors squad that won the World Club Challenge in 2017.
A fan favourite at the DW Stadium, Bateman has made 14 Super League appearances for the Warriors since his return to the club.