Ben Barba may have won the Man of Steel award, but it is hard to imagine Wigan going all the way to Old Trafford and lifting the Super League trophy had it not been for John Bateman. The 25-year-old is the most talented British forward in years, and those talents have been recognised by the NRL. Bateman will begin a deal with Australian side Canberra next year: expect him to be outstanding.
Written by Aaron Bower
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