Johnny Whiteley MBE signed for Hull F.C. in 1950 for free. Rather than offering Johnny a signing-on fee he was promised a place in the squad the following game. He played 15 seasons for Hull making 417 appearances and scoring 156 tries and 2 goals for at total of 472 points. In his time with Hull, he was never dropped.
He was selected for Great Britain squad while at Hull for the 1954 Rugby League World Cup in France. However he did not participate in any of the four matches, with Dave Valentine playing as loose forward in all four matches.