Elliott Whitehead 'will set NRL alight' following move to Canberra

Elliott Whitehead
Whitehead has nine tries in 2015 and was the top scoring forward in the 2014 Super League.

England back-rower Elliott Whitehead will be a success when he joins NRL side Canberra Raiders in 2016, says Huddersfield hooker Luke Robinson.

Whitehead, 25, has been a stand-out player since moving from Bradford to Catalans Dragons in 2013, making the Super League Dream Team last year.

He has continued his excellent form with the Perpignan club in 2015, scoring nine tries in 21 league games.

"He will set the NRL alight," Robinson told the BBC's Super League Show.

"Elliott's been fantastic for them this year, a lot of things Catalans have done well this year have come off the back of him.

"He's got an offload, he's got pace and will hopefully do us English lads proud down there."

English players playing in the NRL
Josh Hodgson (Canberra)James Graham (Canterbury)
Thomas and George Burgess (Souths)Jack Reed and Greg Eden (Brisbane)
Mike Cooper and Gareth Widdop (St George-Illwarra)Luke Burgess (Manly)
Ben Crooks (Parramatta)Sam Tomkins (NZ Warriors)

Canberra, coached by former Kangaroos half-back Ricky Stuart, already have ex-Hull KR hooker Josh Hodgson in the side.

Robinson's Giants side travel to the Roussillon region for Saturday's game against Whitehead's Dragons side at the Stade Gilbert Brutus, a match that pits two sides who need the points for different reasons.

Catalans are battling to stay in the top eight of the Super League table and avoid a scrap in the Qualifiers group once the Super 8s begin.

Paul Anderson's Huddersfield, by contrast, currently occupy a top-four spot ahead of west Yorkshire rivals Castleford.

"They're a different proposition when you play over there," Robinson added.

"The fans get behind them, there's always about 10,000 schoolkids there giving you grief.

"It's a difficult place to get a win, they've got injuries but a lot of talented players. It will be tough."

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