Dragons want to lure Whitehead to France

Catalan Dragons are aiming to lure Bradford forward Elliott Whitehead to the south of France.

The Dragons have confirmed they are in talks with Whitehead, the 23-year-old second rower who was placed on leave by the Bulls after submitting a transfer request.

Salford owner Marwan Koukash revealed earlier this week that he had agreed a deal with Bradford to take Whitehead to Barton but his attempt to persuade the player to make the move to Super League's basement club appears to have floundered.

Whitehead's agent is reported to have told the Bulls his client does not want to join the Reds, although coach Brian Noble said today he has not given up hope of securing his signature.

"I've spoken to Elliott on a couple of occasions. The decision is now with him and his agent.

"If he has other opportunities, I'm sure he's exploring them but I'm pretty confident we're going to offer him a good deal.

"And, despite Francis Cummins saying it could be a backward step, I am pretty confident that it is not."

– Brian Noble, Salford City Reds coach