"I want you to come home, Dad." These were the seven simple, heartfelt, honest, long-distance, precious words which left star Raiders import John Bateman no option but to sign a four-year contract with Wigan. As the 26-year-old battled to recover from two shoulder operations and debate swirled around his playing future, the Raiders enforcer asked for the one opinion that means more to him in this world than any other. He phoned his 10-year-old daughter Millie. "I just said to her 'what do you want sweetheart'?" Bateman told the Canberra Times.