The message from John Bateman was "settle yourselves" amid speculation over the Canberra Raiders second-rower's future.

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."

Super League matches called off

Snow leads to Super League postponements

Three Super League matches which were due to take place on Thursday and Friday have been called off or put back.

Smith undecided over future

Storm skipper Smith undecided over future

Cameron Smith is in no rush to decide whether he will play on in 2019 ahead of the new NRL season.

Wigan rally to beat Widnes

Wigan fight back to beat Widnes, two sent off as Hull defeat Warrington

Rampant Wigan Warriors scored six second-half tries to beat Widnes Vikings, while Warrington lost at Hull FC.

Thurston's Cowboys up and running

Thurston's Cowboys up and running, Pearce enjoys dream Knights debut

Johnathan Thurston made his 300th NRL appearance and a record-breaking 271st for the Cowboys as they beat the Sharks on Friday.

Percival shines in Saints win

Percival treble ensures Saints stay perfect

St Helens rolled on in their impressive start to the Super League season, with Mark Percival starring against Warrington Wolves.