Whitehead signed for York from Wakefield Trinity midway through the 2021 season.
The Leeds-born winger and full-back has previously featured on England’s Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) programme, the first step on the England Performance Pathway.
Whitehead was promoted from number 18 to number 2 ahead of the 2023 season.
Whitehead played junior football for Harrogate Town, Leeds United and Sheffield United, earning an offer for a scholarship in the USA.
Whitehead instead transitioned to rugby league, signing with Wakefield.