With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and recovering from a knee injury, Canberra Raiders forward Luke Bateman has decided to step away.
Although not an official retirement, Bateman will step away from the game temporarily to assess his options.
When circumstances change and decisions are made, Bateman will look to recommence with the sport.
“It’s been a frustrating period for me with injury with my contract up at the end of the season and uncertainty about what my future may look like,” Bateman said.
Bateman, who played 71 total games for the Raiders club just felt it was right to step away and work for a while.
I’ve decided to finish up with the Raiders and head home and work for a while and get away from footy for a bit,” Bateman continued.
“I’m not retiring from the game and I hope to play again in the future, but at the moment this is the best decision for me.”
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart praised Bateman as a true clubman.
“Luke has been a tremendous servant for the club and always gave his best when he was selected to play for the Raiders,” Stuart said.
“To play 70 first grade games is a wonderful achievement and Luke will always be a Raider and respected for his achievements.”