Whitehead: Wide-open NRL more competitive than Super League

Elliott Whitehead believes the NRL has greater strength in depth than the Super League and the England international is keen to remain with Canberra Raiders beyond 2020. 

Former Bradford Bulls and Catalans Dragons second row Whitehead made the move to Australia in 2016 and helped the Raiders reach the preliminary finals in his first campaign. 

Canberra did not make the play-offs in either of their next two campaigns, however, despite Whitehead contributing 10 tries across the 2018 season. 

The previous five NRL Grand Finals have all been won by different teams and Whitehead feels the 16-team league is more wide open in comparision to Super League. 

"I just feel week in, week out you have to be at your best otherwise you can't get that win," Whitehead told Omnisport. 

"No disrespect to Super League, I feel like probably the top five teams would compete week in, week out [in the NRL], but then your lower teams would probably not compete as they do in the NRL. 

"Obviously it's a little bit faster with the two referees, you don't get that time to slow the ruck down as much as you do in England either." 

Whitehead, who has been joined in Canberra by fellow Bradford-born England international John Bateman ahead of the new campaign, has a contract with the Raiders that runs for a further two years.

And while the 29-year-old has hinted he could return home to finish his career in England, he is not ruling our remaining with Canberra beyond his current deal. 

"I've really settled in well in Canberra and am really enjoying it," he added. 

"I've got a few more years left there yet and depending on how I'm playing and how my body is come the end of that, I'd like to stay. 

"It all depends on how I'm playing and how my body is. Eventually I will come home, I don't know when that will be."

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