Whitehead aiming for England after Dream Team selection

Catalan second-row Elliott Whitehead has set his sights on a call up to Steve McNamara’s England squad, after he was named in the 2014 Super League Dream Team.

Whitehead, 25, has been in great form during his first full season as a Dragon, helping the French side into the play-offs with 18 tries in 24 appearances.

His coach Laurent Frayssinous is delighted with how well he has settled at the club, and has backed him to break into the England set-up ahead of the Four Nations.

The former Bradford man had this to say in response:

“Every rugby player wants to play for his country and I am no different.

“Being named in the Dream Team is an honour, and hopefully it adds to my chances of being called up in the future.”

In 2013 Whitehead controversially forced a move away from Odsal in the hope of joining a top four club, and while Catalan finished seventh, as he prepares for a play-off showdown with Leeds on Saturday, it is a decision that he feels has been justified.

“Where I am now compared to where I was 18 months ago is amazing, and I’m really enjoying my rugby,” said Whitehead

“As a side we had a slow start, we lost our first five and had to play catch-up, but the way we’ve finished has given us great confidence.

“We spoke about wanting to take some momentum into the play-offs, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.”

Catalan Dragons

Pos: 7 W: 14 D: 1 L: 12 F: 733 A: 667 Diff: 66 Pts: 29

Elimination play-off: Leeds Rhinos v Catalan Dragons (Saturday 5.15pm)

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