Rugby league players and their clubs sometimes find themselves in a situation that becomes untenable for both parties a move takes place and for former Bradford Bulls forward Elliot Whitehead, that is what happened – as the back-rower takes up a 2 and a half year deal with the Catalan Dragons, effective immediately.
After submitting a transfer request to the Bulls, he was placed on leave by the club and has now signed on with Catalans, a move that both coach and CEO are looking forward to.
The 23-year old back-rower has already played in 100 games at the Super League level and Catalans coach Laurent Frayssinous is excited to have him on board.
â€œIt’s a really good news for the end of the season because Elliot will bring enthusiasm and competition into the squad but also for the future super slim electronic cigarette because he is a young quality player,” said Frayssinous.
â€œElliot is a Super League rising star. He shares our project and our ambitions and his determination to join the club strengthen our choice to sign himâ€.
With several players out for the long-term, an appealing option was to sign Whitehead for the short term, but Catalans CEO Christophe Jouffret thought a long-term deal was the better option.
â€œWe have many players sidelined for long term period and we consider the option to sign a short term player until the end of the season. But the opportunity to sign Elliot on a two and a half year deal was more interesting for the club,” said Jouffret.
â€œThe discussions with the Bulls were really longer than those with the player, who give us his agreement when I met him last weekend.â€