John Bateman has proved conclusively that he can cut it in the NRL so Canberra playmaker George Williams has nothing but praise for his decision to return to the Super League next season.
Williams reunited with Bateman in the nation's capital this season after four years together at Wigan and said being away from family – particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic – had also been difficult for him.
While disappointed to hear of his teammate's time in the NRL coming to an end, Williams said there should be no questioning Bateman's impact in the southern hemisphere.
"You want to be the best you can be when you come over here and you have to be ready," Williams told NRL.com.
"John proved that last year. He took the league by storm and won Dally M back-rower of the year.