England second row Elliott Whitehead is relishing the prospect of plying his trade in the NRL next season with Canberra Raiders.
The former Bradford man was a key part of England‘s win over New Zealand at Hull on Sunday, and playing against players like the Kiwis week-in, week-out, is something that appeals to him.
“I’m going over there to come up against good opposition week in, week out,” he told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus.
“No disrespect to Super League but I think a lot of people know it’s a lot closer competition in the NRL.
“Super League is heading the right way, don’t get me wrong, but every week in the NRL is a tough competition. I can’t way to get over there and get involved.”
Whitehead was pleased with England‘s defensive effort in their win over the Kiwis, which gave the home team a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
“To keep a side rated the best in the world scoreless for over 50 minutes is good but we have to improve again this week,” he said.
“We know it will be a different test as they know a bit more about us now and we know some more about them, so it will change a lot.”