Raiders forward Elliot Whitehead scores for Canberra against the Titans on Saturday.

Canberra Raiders forward and English international star Elliott Whitehead has extended his contract with the Raiders until the end of the 2018 season.

Whitehead, 26, joined the Raiders at the beginning of 2016 after a successful seven seasons in the English Super League and has instantly made an impact in the NRL, playing all 22 matches for the Raiders this year.

Whitehead said the way in which the Raiders had performed so far this season was a factor in his decision to extend his contract and said he's starting to feel like he belongs in the NRL.

"We are building something really good at the club at the moment and I want to be part of that. It was an easy choice for me to extend for another year,” Whitehead told raiders.com.au.

"I feel like I have adapted very well to the NRL now. Hopefully I can keep improving as a player and keep helping the team out week in week out."

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