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Elliott Whitehead capped off a terrific year in 2017 as he was awarded the Meninga Medal Coaches award from Ricky Stuart.

The English international was shocked when his name was announced.

"I didn't expect to be taking out an award tonight and then Rick called my name out which was a big surprise," Whitehead said.

"It's a great honour to receive this award off Ricky (Stuart), he gave me a chance to come over here to the NRL from England and now I feel like I have done him proud."

Acknowledgement of Country

Canberra Raiders respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.