Elliott Whitehead to leave Catalans
Catalans Dragons can confirm Elliott Whitehead will leave the club at the end of the season.
The English international will join the Canberra Raiders next season.
Elliott Whitehead said : “After enjoying two and half years here in France, I have been given the opportunity to go and play in the NRL next season which I have always wanted to do.”
“I would like to thank the club and the fans for everything they have done for me and I'm still fully committed to the Dragons this season.”
“Whilst I will be sad to leave, I am also looking forward to the future.”
The former Bradford Bulls back rower has made 43 appearances with the Catalans Dragons and scored 24 tries since his arrival during the 2012 season.
Catalans headcoach Laurent Frayssinous said : "I’m really disappointed to lose a such quality player.”
“Since he arrived at the club, he has always given his best on and off the field to help the team.”
“I'm sure he will stay in the heart of the Catalans fans but before his move, he has a job to finish under the Dragons jersey."
Catalans Dragons CEO Christophe Jouffret added: “We offered him our support two years ago when he had expressed the desire to leave his hometown club Bradford.”
“It’s normal today to accept his decision to try his luck in the NRL, which is the dream of many players.”
“We wish him all the best in his new challenge.”