Boot 'n' All: Catalan ace Elliott Whitehead talks Bradford, England and Steve Menzies

Last Updated: 09/07/14 9:49am

Elliott Whitehead: Has thanked Steve Menzies for improving his game

Catalan Dragons forward Elliot Whitehead has been a key performer for the French outfit since swapping Bradford for Perpignan last year.

The 24-year-old has racked up 12 tries this term, with his form helping the Dragons move up to seventh in the Super League table after a poor start.

"After we lost the first five games of the season we sat down and had a talk together,” Whitehead told Boots ‘n’ All. “We slowly started to improve our performances week in and week out. 

"We are now looking a lot better and are working together a lot more.

We had to be really honest with each other and I think the first five games we were not doing that, but we have sorted that out now and are definitely going in the right direction.”

"They are struggling but I hope they find their feet soon. It was a tough decision to make and a lot of people did not believe I was leaving Bradford, but I wanted to go to progress my career."

Elliott Whitehead

Whitehead is delighted to be part of Catalan’s success but feels for former club Bradford and hopes that they return to their former glory.

Progress

“I feel sorry for the lads at Bradford," he said. "I have a lot of good mates there and I hope they turn it around.

“They are struggling but I hope they find their feet soon. It was a tough decision to make and a lot of people did not believe I was leaving Bradford, but I wanted to go to progress my career.

“I spoke to the coach [at Catalan] and I thought it was the right move for me. I think it was a bit easier for Leon Pryce because he had his family with him. I am on my own and it did take me a while to settle in.”

Whitehead's form has not gone unnoticed by England coach Steve McNamara, who called him up call-up to their recent mid-season training camp at Loughborough University, and the talented forward says he has Steve Menzies to thank for improving his game.

"I was hoping that Steve was going to sign on for one more year. Steve was one of the main reasons why I went to Catalans - when I was a Bradford with him he taught me a lot," he added.

“But the few months I had with him last year he taught me a lot. I can't thank Steve enough for what he has done for me and I would just like to say thank you.”

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