John Bateman: Wigan Warriors forward signs contract extension
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Wigan and England forward John Bateman has signed a contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2017, with an option for a further year.
The contract allows Bateman to join an NRL side in 2019 in return for a fee.
The 22-year-old made 31 appearances this season, as Wigan lost in the Super League Grand Final to Leeds Rhinos.
"John has shown on many occasions that he is one of the finest talents in the English game," chairman Ian Lenegan told the club website.
"His performances on the field are of the highest order and this new contract reflects his standing within the Wigan team.
"John does not envisage going to the NRL in the near future but this contract protects the Wigan club should John wish to play in the NRL in the future."
Bateman has not yet been capped by England, but was named in Steve McNamara's squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand and France.