Star back-rower John Bateman has slammed "bullshit" rumours he wants out of the Canberra Raiders as the title contenders prepare to relaunch their NRL campaign. Bateman found himself in the headlines on Friday afternoon amid reports he had requested a release from his Raiders contract, which runs until the end of 2021, four times since October. But Raiders chief executive Don Furner has brushed off suggestions the 26-year-old Dally M second-rower of the year wants to leave the club, adamant he will be in lime green for the duration of his contract. "Never once have I asked for a release. Bullshit story," Bateman wrote on Twitter.