The Canberra Raiders are adamant they will be able to brush the John Bateman contract circus aside and come together to fulfil a premiership ambition. It comes as the Raiders prepare to face a side linked to the injured English star in the St George Illawarra Dragons at Canberra Stadium on Friday. Raiders captain Jarrod Croker is confident his side will block out the noise surrounding Bateman's future after the club confirmed he would not see out the final year of his contract in 2021. Canterbury and Super League outfit Wigan have emerged as the leading contenders for Bateman's signature but the Dragons have shown interest with salary cap space to fill. The Dragons have a void to fill with Tyson Frizell to join Newcastle next season, while Jack de Belin's future remains in limbo amid ongoing court proceedings.