There's so much to talk about on the field, but Canberra Raiders fans have been consumed by what's happening off it again this week.
John Bateman's contract saga took a couple of twists, first being linked to a move back to England and then needing shoulder surgery that has ruled him out indefinitely.
Bateman has been negotiating with other clubs to test his market value despite having a deal with the Green Machine until the end of 2021.
He could be granted a release if he gets the desired contract offer, leaving the Raiders unsure if he will see out his contract.
The surgery curveball has ruled him out for an undefined period, casting doubt over his future, but Bateman says he will play the Raiders again.
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