Super League: Jamie Foster expected John Bateman to leave Bradford Bulls
Bradford winger Jamie Foster has conceded he knew talented youngster John Bateman would be joining the Wigan Warriors.
Last Updated: 05/11/13 3:39pm
The 20-year-old penned a three-year deal with the DW Stadium side last Friday after the Super League champions agreed an undisclosed fee with the Bulls for the youngster.
The loss of Bateman is yet another blow to Francis Cummins' squad, a team which struggled in 2013 winning just 10 of their 27 league outings.
However, despite the exit of the talent former Hull FC and Saints winger Foster insists Bradford are building again at Odsal and that their aim is to become a top-four club once more.
On the cards
"I knew it was on the cards," Foster told the Telegraph and Argus. "I've become pretty good friends with John during the past year and I knew it was heading that way.
"He's a quality player and quality players are going to get chased by quality clubs. At Bradford we are building towards becoming one of those top three or four clubs and John has probably thought 'I can miss that building process out and jump straight into a top team at Wigan'.
"Wigan are a great club with a big fanbase and I'm sure John will do very well there.
"I really hope he does too because he's a great guy and there are certainly no hard feelings from us as team-mates because we all got on really well with him."