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Ex-NRL star James Graham to retire

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28th October, 2020
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St Helens prop James Graham, a former NRL star with Canterbury Bulldogs and St George Illawarra, has announced his decision to retire at the end of the current Super League season.

Graham rejoined his hometown club in June, having been released by the Dragons from the remainder of his contract.

The 35-year-old has been considered one of the game’s best props, having won a Super League Grand Final ring in 2006, being named Man of Steel in 2008, and being part of three Challenge Cup successes.

He went on to enjoy a successful career in the NRL with the Bulldogs and St George Illawarra, making a total of 186 appearances in the competition.

Graham said: “Playing for St Helens and over in the NRL has been an absolute honour.

“I am gutted this season will be my final one as a player, but I came to Saints saying I would have one last all in push for this season and nothing has changed there.

“Finishing my career at my boyhood club was an opportunity that I couldn’t resist.

“Unfortunately, I am gutted we have not been able to play in front of our fans as I know they feel every pass, every tackle and every run.

“Now that all has been said, the season has not finished yet and my intention now is completing the job I came here to do with St Helens.”

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Saints currently head the super League table.

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