Bradford Bulls reveal Elliott Whitehead has turned down Salford offer

Elliott Whitehead's options seem to be running out

Elliott Whitehead's options seem to be running out

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Elliott Whitehead has made it clear he has no intention of joining Salford – leaving Catalan Dragons as his most likely destination.

Salford are the only club to have met the Bulls’ asking price for the homegrown second-rower but he is apparently unwilling to join Super League’s bottom side.

Neither Whitehead nor his agent, Andy Clarke, have made any comment on the situation but Bulls general manager Ryan Whitcut said: “Elliott has made it clear through his agent that he does not want to join Salford.

“I spoke to Catalan Dragons about Elliott on Monday but there has been nothing since then.

“We’ve not agreed terms with Catalan and I don’t believe Elliott has either. Until that happens he remains a Bradford player.”

Whitehead held face-to-face talks with Francis Cummins last Friday but there was no reconciliation and he looks certain to have played his last game for the club.

On the current impasse, Whitcut added: “Elliott is a player with a very promising future in front of him but if this carries on it is not going to help his career.”

Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Jacob Fairbank has returned to Huddersfield after his loan spell.

Fairbank made two appearances off the bench in the win against Salford and the Magic Weekend defeat to Huddersfield before a calf injury kept him out of the last two matches.

Manase Manuokafoa and Adrian Purtell are poised to return in Sunday’s home clash with Widnes but Jarrod Sammut and Chev Walker are set to remain sidelined along with Jamie Foster.

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7:48am Thu 20 Jun 13

flashdonut says...

What did I say eh? The other day when it was announced Salford had agreed a few, I said don't get your knickers in a twist. It doesn't mean EW wants to join them. One resident joker even tried to insult me for saying so.
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That is what happens when folk skim over the details and jump the gun. There's about a dozen of you that now look silly.
What did I say eh? The other day when it was announced Salford had agreed a few, I said don't get your knickers in a twist. It doesn't mean EW wants to join them. One resident joker even tried to insult me for saying so. . That is what happens when folk skim over the details and jump the gun. There's about a dozen of you that now look silly. flashdonut
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8:21am Thu 20 Jun 13

AdeyG'man says...

Well unless Catalan stump up the cash, Elliot won't be goong anywhere!
Well unless Catalan stump up the cash, Elliot won't be goong anywhere! AdeyG'man
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8:42am Thu 20 Jun 13

NORTHER1964 says...

Who cares Whitehead just sod off we don't need/want you know. Go and make another teams defence bad.
Who cares Whitehead just sod off we don't need/want you know. Go and make another teams defence bad. NORTHER1964
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8:56am Thu 20 Jun 13

Van Bellen's Baby says...

This wanting to join a top four side makes his decision not to join Salford and interesting one. Dr Cashcow has the dosh and Nobby built a Crusaders side from scratch in a couple of months which went on to make the play-offs. It is not beyond possibility that Salford could be a top four side in the next couple of seasons.
This wanting to join a top four side makes his decision not to join Salford and interesting one. Dr Cashcow has the dosh and Nobby built a Crusaders side from scratch in a couple of months which went on to make the play-offs. It is not beyond possibility that Salford could be a top four side in the next couple of seasons. Van Bellen's Baby
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9:48am Thu 20 Jun 13

Ralphie says...

Is it me but it just does n't seem as though there are decent players out there to be signed?
A few seasons ago if you had a few million to throw at a super league club I reckon you you could have a built a top four club without much difficulty, but now even with that sort of money I do n't think you could. The Aussies are n't coming over like they used to do now their salary cap has been increased.
The best players are being attracted to the NRL or Union. The remaining quality players are with the best clubs who are not going to sell.
It would be interesting to know who the 10 players targeted by Salford are!
Is it me but it just does n't seem as though there are decent players out there to be signed? A few seasons ago if you had a few million to throw at a super league club I reckon you you could have a built a top four club without much difficulty, but now even with that sort of money I do n't think you could. The Aussies are n't coming over like they used to do now their salary cap has been increased. The best players are being attracted to the NRL or Union. The remaining quality players are with the best clubs who are not going to sell. It would be interesting to know who the 10 players targeted by Salford are! Ralphie
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10:43am Thu 20 Jun 13

fraternise says...

If EW doesn't wish to play for us and won't go to Salford, when he asked for a transfer, which I assume didn't have the condition attached that he would only go to Catalans. Is he now in Breach of contract?

The mind boggles.
If EW doesn't wish to play for us and won't go to Salford, when he asked for a transfer, which I assume didn't have the condition attached that he would only go to Catalans. Is he now in Breach of contract? The mind boggles. fraternise
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11:15am Thu 20 Jun 13

AdeyG'man says...

Catalan better get hand in in pocket but he's not worth the money. Not by a long way.
Catalan better get hand in in pocket but he's not worth the money. Not by a long way. AdeyG'man
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12:59pm Thu 20 Jun 13

VJ Man says...

fraternise wrote:
If EW doesn't wish to play for us and won't go to Salford, when he asked for a transfer, which I assume didn't have the condition attached that he would only go to Catalans. Is he now in Breach of contract? The mind boggles.
Only if he refuses to play. From what I can gather he has just been left, so for me no breach of contract.
[quote][p][bold]fraternise[/bold] wrote: If EW doesn't wish to play for us and won't go to Salford, when he asked for a transfer, which I assume didn't have the condition attached that he would only go to Catalans. Is he now in Breach of contract? The mind boggles.[/p][/quote]Only if he refuses to play. From what I can gather he has just been left, so for me no breach of contract. VJ Man
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1:01pm Thu 20 Jun 13

Tricky Dicky says...

The word used was "reconciliation" or lack of it. Mr Whitehead is too good a player to be going through the motions at Dewsbury and, whilst he is still a Bulls player, he should be competing for a position in the first team. To say that the second-row isn't a problem is being a tad fanciful. It isn't the biggest problem the side has but we are weak all over the park. I want this lad playing for the Bulls, putting his heart and soul into it, so that prospective buyers can see what's on offer. It is folly to think it is teaching Mr Whitehead a lesson by sending him to Coventry (or Dewsbury). Someone needs to mediate this issue between him and Mr Cummins so that is resolved in everyone's best interest. Elliott, apologise for your comments about the Bulls. There may have been an element of truth in them but it is not for you to utter it publicly. Let's see you showing Catalan, Warrington or Leeds that you are worth the fee. A very frustrating situation.
The word used was "reconciliation" or lack of it. Mr Whitehead is too good a player to be going through the motions at Dewsbury and, whilst he is still a Bulls player, he should be competing for a position in the first team. To say that the second-row isn't a problem is being a tad fanciful. It isn't the biggest problem the side has but we are weak all over the park. I want this lad playing for the Bulls, putting his heart and soul into it, so that prospective buyers can see what's on offer. It is folly to think it is teaching Mr Whitehead a lesson by sending him to Coventry (or Dewsbury). Someone needs to mediate this issue between him and Mr Cummins so that is resolved in everyone's best interest. Elliott, apologise for your comments about the Bulls. There may have been an element of truth in them but it is not for you to utter it publicly. Let's see you showing Catalan, Warrington or Leeds that you are worth the fee. A very frustrating situation. Tricky Dicky
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2:48pm Thu 20 Jun 13

flashdonut says...

Tricky Dicky wrote:
The word used was "reconciliation
" or lack of it. Mr Whitehead is too good a player to be going through the motions at Dewsbury and, whilst he is still a Bulls player, he should be competing for a position in the first team. To say that the second-row isn't a problem is being a tad fanciful. It isn't the biggest problem the side has but we are weak all over the park. I want this lad playing for the Bulls, putting his heart and soul into it, so that prospective buyers can see what's on offer. It is folly to think it is teaching Mr Whitehead a lesson by sending him to Coventry (or Dewsbury). Someone needs to mediate this issue between him and Mr Cummins so that is resolved in everyone's best interest. Elliott, apologise for your comments about the Bulls. There may have been an element of truth in them but it is not for you to utter it publicly. Let's see you showing Catalan, Warrington or Leeds that you are worth the fee. A very frustrating situation.
Spot on. He may want out. His agent may have made promises of doubling his wage or whatever. But EW is BFD born & bred. I don't doubt he will put 100% in when he is on the park. We are paying him, we may as well let him earn it. Leaving him to gather dust will just alienate him. Kiss and make up, put him in the team.
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And I also see no reason why FC cant make the first move. He is coach of the team, and subsequently he is responsible for the team. FC should take EW to one sdeand have a word. Tell him how it is. He plays and he puts 100% in.
[quote][p][bold]Tricky Dicky[/bold] wrote: The word used was "reconciliation " or lack of it. Mr Whitehead is too good a player to be going through the motions at Dewsbury and, whilst he is still a Bulls player, he should be competing for a position in the first team. To say that the second-row isn't a problem is being a tad fanciful. It isn't the biggest problem the side has but we are weak all over the park. I want this lad playing for the Bulls, putting his heart and soul into it, so that prospective buyers can see what's on offer. It is folly to think it is teaching Mr Whitehead a lesson by sending him to Coventry (or Dewsbury). Someone needs to mediate this issue between him and Mr Cummins so that is resolved in everyone's best interest. Elliott, apologise for your comments about the Bulls. There may have been an element of truth in them but it is not for you to utter it publicly. Let's see you showing Catalan, Warrington or Leeds that you are worth the fee. A very frustrating situation.[/p][/quote]Spot on. He may want out. His agent may have made promises of doubling his wage or whatever. But EW is BFD born & bred. I don't doubt he will put 100% in when he is on the park. We are paying him, we may as well let him earn it. Leaving him to gather dust will just alienate him. Kiss and make up, put him in the team. . And I also see no reason why FC cant make the first move. He is coach of the team, and subsequently he is responsible for the team. FC should take EW to one sdeand have a word. Tell him how it is. He plays and he puts 100% in. flashdonut
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3:56pm Thu 20 Jun 13

fraternise says...

flashdonut wrote:
Tricky Dicky wrote:
The word used was "reconciliation

" or lack of it. Mr Whitehead is too good a player to be going through the motions at Dewsbury and, whilst he is still a Bulls player, he should be competing for a position in the first team. To say that the second-row isn't a problem is being a tad fanciful. It isn't the biggest problem the side has but we are weak all over the park. I want this lad playing for the Bulls, putting his heart and soul into it, so that prospective buyers can see what's on offer. It is folly to think it is teaching Mr Whitehead a lesson by sending him to Coventry (or Dewsbury). Someone needs to mediate this issue between him and Mr Cummins so that is resolved in everyone's best interest. Elliott, apologise for your comments about the Bulls. There may have been an element of truth in them but it is not for you to utter it publicly. Let's see you showing Catalan, Warrington or Leeds that you are worth the fee. A very frustrating situation.
Spot on. He may want out. His agent may have made promises of doubling his wage or whatever. But EW is BFD born & bred. I don't doubt he will put 100% in when he is on the park. We are paying him, we may as well let him earn it. Leaving him to gather dust will just alienate him. Kiss and make up, put him in the team.
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And I also see no reason why FC cant make the first move. He is coach of the team, and subsequently he is responsible for the team. FC should take EW to one sdeand have a word. Tell him how it is. He plays and he puts 100% in.
Hear what you're saying. but how do you tell a Player who doesn't risk getting the sack or being put on the transfer list to go on the field and give 100% to a team that he has decided (churlishly) that he doesn't like anymore and doesn't want to play for?

If his beef is with the coach, and we have no reason to believe that is the case! Are we then to assume he holds all his team mates in contempt as well? What sort of situation does that leave us in, the crowd will be on his back, and his team mates will think he's taking the P... every time he missed a tackle or dropped a ball..

No I'm afraid the point of no return has been reached, and he should be told it's the highest bidder that will get his services..no asking him where he wants to go..
[quote][p][bold]flashdonut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tricky Dicky[/bold] wrote: The word used was "reconciliation " or lack of it. Mr Whitehead is too good a player to be going through the motions at Dewsbury and, whilst he is still a Bulls player, he should be competing for a position in the first team. To say that the second-row isn't a problem is being a tad fanciful. It isn't the biggest problem the side has but we are weak all over the park. I want this lad playing for the Bulls, putting his heart and soul into it, so that prospective buyers can see what's on offer. It is folly to think it is teaching Mr Whitehead a lesson by sending him to Coventry (or Dewsbury). Someone needs to mediate this issue between him and Mr Cummins so that is resolved in everyone's best interest. Elliott, apologise for your comments about the Bulls. There may have been an element of truth in them but it is not for you to utter it publicly. Let's see you showing Catalan, Warrington or Leeds that you are worth the fee. A very frustrating situation.[/p][/quote]Spot on. He may want out. His agent may have made promises of doubling his wage or whatever. But EW is BFD born & bred. I don't doubt he will put 100% in when he is on the park. We are paying him, we may as well let him earn it. Leaving him to gather dust will just alienate him. Kiss and make up, put him in the team. . And I also see no reason why FC cant make the first move. He is coach of the team, and subsequently he is responsible for the team. FC should take EW to one sdeand have a word. Tell him how it is. He plays and he puts 100% in.[/p][/quote]Hear what you're saying. but how do you tell a Player who doesn't risk getting the sack or being put on the transfer list to go on the field and give 100% to a team that he has decided (churlishly) that he doesn't like anymore and doesn't want to play for? If his beef is with the coach, and we have no reason to believe that is the case! Are we then to assume he holds all his team mates in contempt as well? What sort of situation does that leave us in, the crowd will be on his back, and his team mates will think he's taking the P... every time he missed a tackle or dropped a ball.. No I'm afraid the point of no return has been reached, and he should be told it's the highest bidder that will get his services..no asking him where he wants to go.. fraternise
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5:09pm Thu 20 Jun 13

Tricky Dicky says...

fraternise wrote:
flashdonut wrote:
Tricky Dicky wrote:
The word used was "reconciliation


" or lack of it. Mr Whitehead is too good a player to be going through the motions at Dewsbury and, whilst he is still a Bulls player, he should be competing for a position in the first team. To say that the second-row isn't a problem is being a tad fanciful. It isn't the biggest problem the side has but we are weak all over the park. I want this lad playing for the Bulls, putting his heart and soul into it, so that prospective buyers can see what's on offer. It is folly to think it is teaching Mr Whitehead a lesson by sending him to Coventry (or Dewsbury). Someone needs to mediate this issue between him and Mr Cummins so that is resolved in everyone's best interest. Elliott, apologise for your comments about the Bulls. There may have been an element of truth in them but it is not for you to utter it publicly. Let's see you showing Catalan, Warrington or Leeds that you are worth the fee. A very frustrating situation.
Spot on. He may want out. His agent may have made promises of doubling his wage or whatever. But EW is BFD born & bred. I don't doubt he will put 100% in when he is on the park. We are paying him, we may as well let him earn it. Leaving him to gather dust will just alienate him. Kiss and make up, put him in the team.
.
And I also see no reason why FC cant make the first move. He is coach of the team, and subsequently he is responsible for the team. FC should take EW to one sdeand have a word. Tell him how it is. He plays and he puts 100% in.
Hear what you're saying. but how do you tell a Player who doesn't risk getting the sack or being put on the transfer list to go on the field and give 100% to a team that he has decided (churlishly) that he doesn't like anymore and doesn't want to play for?

If his beef is with the coach, and we have no reason to believe that is the case! Are we then to assume he holds all his team mates in contempt as well? What sort of situation does that leave us in, the crowd will be on his back, and his team mates will think he's taking the P... every time he missed a tackle or dropped a ball..

No I'm afraid the point of no return has been reached, and he should be told it's the highest bidder that will get his services..no asking him where he wants to go..
Players come, players go. Players love, players hate. That's life. I feel that most supporters, whilst wishing Mr Whitehead would stay, accept that in the world of work it just doesn't always end in kisses. Mr Whitehead is contracted to the Bulls, is a valuable asset, is a professional and is a quality rugby player. We have to get over petty resentments, accept the situation, and do the best for the club. If this lad wants to play rugby, and the Bulls are paying him, play him. If he puts is heart and soul into it then any fan of rugby will applaud that. Let's man up.
[quote][p][bold]fraternise[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]flashdonut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tricky Dicky[/bold] wrote: The word used was "reconciliation " or lack of it. Mr Whitehead is too good a player to be going through the motions at Dewsbury and, whilst he is still a Bulls player, he should be competing for a position in the first team. To say that the second-row isn't a problem is being a tad fanciful. It isn't the biggest problem the side has but we are weak all over the park. I want this lad playing for the Bulls, putting his heart and soul into it, so that prospective buyers can see what's on offer. It is folly to think it is teaching Mr Whitehead a lesson by sending him to Coventry (or Dewsbury). Someone needs to mediate this issue between him and Mr Cummins so that is resolved in everyone's best interest. Elliott, apologise for your comments about the Bulls. There may have been an element of truth in them but it is not for you to utter it publicly. Let's see you showing Catalan, Warrington or Leeds that you are worth the fee. A very frustrating situation.[/p][/quote]Spot on. He may want out. His agent may have made promises of doubling his wage or whatever. But EW is BFD born & bred. I don't doubt he will put 100% in when he is on the park. We are paying him, we may as well let him earn it. Leaving him to gather dust will just alienate him. Kiss and make up, put him in the team. . And I also see no reason why FC cant make the first move. He is coach of the team, and subsequently he is responsible for the team. FC should take EW to one sdeand have a word. Tell him how it is. He plays and he puts 100% in.[/p][/quote]Hear what you're saying. but how do you tell a Player who doesn't risk getting the sack or being put on the transfer list to go on the field and give 100% to a team that he has decided (churlishly) that he doesn't like anymore and doesn't want to play for? If his beef is with the coach, and we have no reason to believe that is the case! Are we then to assume he holds all his team mates in contempt as well? What sort of situation does that leave us in, the crowd will be on his back, and his team mates will think he's taking the P... every time he missed a tackle or dropped a ball.. No I'm afraid the point of no return has been reached, and he should be told it's the highest bidder that will get his services..no asking him where he wants to go..[/p][/quote]Players come, players go. Players love, players hate. That's life. I feel that most supporters, whilst wishing Mr Whitehead would stay, accept that in the world of work it just doesn't always end in kisses. Mr Whitehead is contracted to the Bulls, is a valuable asset, is a professional and is a quality rugby player. We have to get over petty resentments, accept the situation, and do the best for the club. If this lad wants to play rugby, and the Bulls are paying him, play him. If he puts is heart and soul into it then any fan of rugby will applaud that. Let's man up. Tricky Dicky
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5:17pm Thu 20 Jun 13

king karl says...

Ive heard hes had a fall out with the rest of the players after saying they wasnt pulling their weight,

Apparently they said if hes back in the team they wont go out on the pitch

Make of that what you will
Ive heard hes had a fall out with the rest of the players after saying they wasnt pulling their weight, Apparently they said if hes back in the team they wont go out on the pitch Make of that what you will king karl
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9:01pm Thu 20 Jun 13

Queenybull says...

Hasn't fallen out with them all, he was golfing with Gale & Scruton today and still chatting to Platt. If he apologises I'd have him back till end of season otherwise he's sat in the stands whilst we pay his wages
Hasn't fallen out with them all, he was golfing with Gale & Scruton today and still chatting to Platt. If he apologises I'd have him back till end of season otherwise he's sat in the stands whilst we pay his wages Queenybull
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