John Bateman - A True Footballer

Not Wests Tigers related but gee I wish we had someone like John Bateman in our team! These are the blokes you need to win premierships! I just have massive admiration and respect for this bloke ever since I first saw him play the game in the SL!

More than just an athlete he’s a TRUE FOOTBALLER who lives and dies by rugby league! He embodies this game to a tee! You can see the passion, the PURE RAW EMOTION from John Bateman in the post game interview last night on Fox! On the verge of tears, it’s what the game is all about! The best backrower and the #1 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 player in the planet 🌍

Got goosebumps 🥶🥶 watching the interview! Wish we had more players with the desire, heart, passion and will of Batty! Does not get anymore REAL than that for these footballers! Bloodied from the head, battered and bruised after 80 mins of WAR in the field of battle! Gonna miss watching ya Johnny lad! The type of player every team needs to win the comp and one we desperately need! Your WILL TO WIN is so inspiring! 💚🐐

One of the best English 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 forwards I have ever seen play the game! Tough as nails, inspirational player to the bone and a great human being! Hope to see you back in the NRL one day CHAMPION!!🔥🔥🤙🏽 #fanfavourite #upthemilk

Except he didn’t win a premiership

Badly butchered a try last night

Bombed a certain try when Canberra were on a roll in the second half.

@mike

Got very close! He’s so influential to any team! Canberra’s record drops from 75% win rate to less than 50% without Batty! If that doesn’t tell u something about the quality of the player, nothing will! He won the hearts of many diehard rugby league fans over here 💚

@chiranth said in John Bateman - A True Footballer:

@mike

Got very close! He’s so influential to any team! Canberra’s record drops from 75% win rate to less than 50% without Batty! If that doesn’t tell u something about the quality of the player, nothing will! He won the hearts of many diehard rugby league fans over here 💚

@chiranth said in John Bateman - A True Footballer:

@mike

Got very close! He’s so influential to any team! Canberra’s record drops from 75% win rate to less than 50% without Batty! If that doesn’t tell u something about the quality of the player, nothing will! He won the hearts of many diehard rugby league fans over here 💚

Sadly he won’t be remembered in 5 years.

@chiranth said in John Bateman - A True Footballer:

@mike

Got very close! He’s so influential to any team! Canberra’s record drops from 75% win rate to less than 50% without Batty! If that doesn’t tell u something about the quality of the player, nothing will! He won the hearts of many diehard rugby league fans over here 💚

Close but no cigar. Sorry but very close is not the same as winning. He made errors at critical times when it really counted last night. No doubt a good player but not a premiership winning one.

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@mike said in John Bateman - A True Footballer:

Except he didn’t win a premiership

neither did Ellis, did that change your perception on him too? he’s arguably one of our greatest ever players.

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@mike said in John Bateman - A True Footballer:

Except he didn’t win a premiership

neither did Ellis, did that change your perception on him too? he’s arguably one of our greatest ever players.

I always thought Bateman was a bit of a hog and he got found out big time last night. I still think Bateman is a good player but nowhere near Ellis class. My issue is with the OP saying ‘ These are the blokes you need to win premierships’, as I’ll state again, except he didn’t so there is no evidence to support that statement.

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I think Bateman is very good but he’s just a really dumb human and sometimes it translates to the footy field. Has loads of talent though.

So why is it in Wests Tigers discussion

Only watched a small portion of last night’s match, so can’t really judge him on that, but he didn’t do much and bombed a try during my short viewing.

@formerguest said in John Bateman - A True Footballer:

Only watched a small portion of last night’s match, so can’t really judge him on that, but he didn’t do much and bombed a try during my short viewing.

Didn’t think he did much the week before either.

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