Bateman given permission to talk to rival clubs, but wants Raiders stay

John Bateman says he has been given permission to talk to other clubs but wants to stay with Canberra Raiders.

England forward Bateman on Friday denied a report that he had requested to be released from his contract with the Raiders after an outstanding debut NRL season.

Bateman, who was named Dally M Second Rower of the Year in his first campaign in Australia, on Saturday revealed Canberra gave him the green light to speak to other clubs due to salary-cap restrictions.

The 26-year-old has denied he is looking to engineer a move, though, and is eager to remain in the capital.

He posted on Twitter: "Like I said yesterday never once have I asked for a release, neither has my management.

"Canberra gave me permission to talk to other clubs months ago because they're tight on the cap next year and nothing for me from 2022 onwards.

"I have a renegotiation clause in my deal for every year, that's why we are working through it.

"I love the Raiders and want to be here. So settle yourselves down and let's get talking about the season starting back up."