Super League: Catalan Dragons sign Bradford Bulls forward Elliott Whitehead
Catalan Dragons have signed unsettled Bradford forward Elliott Whitehead for an undisclosed fee.
Last Updated: 21/06/13 11:18pm
The 23-year-old second rower, who shocked the Bulls by asking for a move, joins the French club on a contract that runs until the end of 2015.
Whitehead rejected an offer from Salford to become Catalan's second signing in the space of 24 hours after they snapped up utility forward Benjamin Garcia from Brisbane Broncos.
"It's really good news for the end of the season because Elliott will bring enthusiasm and competition into the squad but also for the future because he is a young quality player," said Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous.
"Elliott is a Super League rising star. He shares our project and our ambitions."
Whitehead had been contracted to the Bulls until the end of 2016 but will now help fill the void created by injuries to back-row forwards Louis Anderson, Oliver Elima and Jason Baitieri.
Catalan chief executive Christophe Jouffret said: "We have many players sidelined long term and we considered the option to sign a short-term player until the end of the season, but the opportunity to sign Elliott on a two-and-a-half-year deal was more interesting for the club."