THE success of Aidan Sezer at Huddersfield Giants has arrive as no surprise to John Bateman.
Monday, 23rd March 2020, 5: 10 pm
The pair have been Canberra Raiders crew-mates past period so Lions again-row Bateman understood just what the Tremendous League club were getting with the gifted Australian scrum-half.
Sezer, 28, has been a single of the stars of the competitors in advance of the enforced break, proving his value as a ‘marquee’ signing.
Bateman said: “I struck up a definitely sturdy bond with Aidan final calendar year.
“He experienced to bide his time early on but when he arrived again, and joined up with Jack Wighton and Josh Hodgson, he was great.
“He performed a huge aspect in finding us to in which we did with that Grand Final.
“There’d been whispers by means of the year that he might be heading to Super League and, when it came to it, he did check with me a whole lot of concerns about Huddersfield, in which to stay, the competitiveness and issues like that.
“When I was back again in England, I spoke to him, far too, and I knew just what he was capable of.
“I experienced likelihood to check out him participate in for Huddersfield and he’s started out off so effectively. He’s received that organising activity that they’ve been needing for a handful of years now and, ideally, he can get them considerably every time it all commences once again.”
Conversely, Wighton’s alternative at Canberra is also someone Bateman is aware of properly – his former Wigan Warriors team-mate and existing England colleague George Williams.
The former Bradford star stated: “It’s yet another bizarre one particular I’m seriously close mates with George from our Wigan days, just like I am with Aidan.
“He has arrive in and finished genuinely effectively. I’ve been wounded so I’ve had to just take a little bit of a again seat to anyone else in any case and had various things to do.
“So I’ve not performed with him however listed here but George has already settled in nicely.
“With Jack and Hodgo they’ve controlled video games actually very well and aided get us two wins from two.”
Williams, 25, is a person of five Englishmen at Raiders with previous Hull KR hooker Hodgson, ex-Bradford Bulls next-row Elliott Whitehead, former Wigan prop Ryan Sutton and Bateman.