It's been the best two years of his life, but the "shit" ending to his time with the Canberra Raiders has John Bateman open to an NRL return. But for now, Bateman was looking forward to being out of the Apollo bubble and a return to normality before heading home to England in about a month. That might see him have to endure even tougher protocols than he did as an NRL player with England currently in lockdown as the coronavrius continues to run rampant there. Bateman was emotional in the aftermath of the Raiders' 30-10 loss to the Melbourne Storm at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night. It ended his two seasons in lime green before his return to Wigan for 2021 and beyond.