Don Furner has rubbished rumours star back-rower John Bateman 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 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. Bateman's manager Isaac Moses appears to be at the centre of the conversation which took Furner by such surprise he thought recently released Raider Luke Bateman was the man in question. Uncertainty began to swirl over Bateman's future during grand final week last season but the Raiders boss has moved to shut down rumours about the Englishman testing the market.