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Elliot Whitehead secures Super League return after a decade away

Elliott Whitehead of England is returning to Super League

England forward Elliott Whitehead has finally returned to Super League almost a decade after leaving for NRL.

Whitehead played over 100 times for Bradford Bulls before a big move to Catalans Dragons in 2013.

He played in an NRL Grand Final in 2019, where his side, Canberra Raiders, were defeated 14-8 Sydney Roosters. It was the club’s first appearance in the final for 25 years.

The 34-year-old has also had a long England career, playing in two World Cups, alongside 4 Great Britain representative appearances in the Southern Hemisphere tour,

He will make his 200th NRL appearance in the coming weeks, and has scored 43 tries from second-row as he’s become an NRL mainstay.

However, he won’t be in Australia for much longer.

Elliot Whitehead secures Super League return after a decade away

Now, Catalans Dragons have confirmed that he has returned to the club for the 2025 season – seemingly on a one-year contract.

He joins NRL signings made already, such as Nick Cotric and the imminent Luke Keary.

Alongside this, they’ve already confirmed the likes of Tommy Makinson in what may be a star-studded 2025 team for Steve McNamara’s side.

Speaking on the signing, Elliott Whitehead said: “Having seen how Catalan have grown since I left I can’t wait to come back and hopefully help bring some more success to the south of France.”

Steve McNamara said : “Elliott is a great signing for the Dragons. His quality, experience and leadership will be a huge asset for us. His rugby league instincts and intuition are something you cannot coach. We look forward to his arrival in 2025.”

Mike McMeeken has already been confirmed to be leaving, which left a gaping hole at second-row ahead of next year.

Now, it seems that this has been excellently filled by the French side, who will aim to be back at the top-end of the Super League table next year.

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