England international Elliot Whitehead has won Canberra Raiders’ Coaches Player of the Year after another fine season in the NRL.
The 28-year-old, who joined the green machine as an unknown in 2016, has been a stand-out performer in his two years Down Under.
This season has seen Whitehead play a number of different position due to injuries, but he has become a rock in the pack for Ricky Stuart’s side.
“It’s a great honour to receive the award off Ricky,” said Whitehead. “He gave me my chance to come over to the NRL and I feel like I have done him proud now.
“I definitely feel like I have settled in, this is my second year here and we’ve missed the finals which we’re all disappointed in but it’s something to work on next year.”
Whitehead, who was selected by Wayne Bennett for the mid-season test against Samoa, will now be hoping he has done enough to secure a place in England’s World Cup squad.