It's not the way John Bateman wanted it to end, but his parting words to his Canberra Raiders mates - "The sky's the limit". Bateman's two-year stint with the Green Machine's now over and he'll return to an England in lockdown and to Wigan in the Super League. It's been quite a ride - a grand final and a preliminary final - but it's safe to say someone who has made a habit of winning premierships back home in England was disappointed. They went down 30-10 to the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night. But he was confident the Raiders were in a strong position - with plenty of young talent like Corey Horsburgh and Emre Guler in the forwards, and a group of talented outside backs as well.