Graham has likely played his last NRL match and is set to link up with St Helens for rest of Super League season
Last Updated: 22/06/20 5:59pm
James Graham has confirmed he can quit NRL side St George Illawarra Dragons and rejoin Super League club St Helens where he can finish his rugby league career.
The prop, 34, who captained Great Britain in 2019, joined Dragons prior to the beginning of the 2018 NRL campaign, and last featured for them in a 20-8 victory over Gold Coast Titans on June 20.
Graham played 224 times for St Helens before moving to Canterbury Bulldogs in 2012, and is set to link up with the Super League side for the remainder of the Super League campaign, where in actuality the forward says he will finish his career “where it all started.”
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Graham’s decision to move back to his former club uses Great Britain and England international prop Luke Thompson left St Helens for NRL side Bulldogs earlier in the day in June.
He told Fox Sports NRL 360: “There were a few scenarios going around plus some cause-and-effect situations back home and I had to stew over that and think things through about what I needed to do.
“I had to work out what I wanted to do and what effect it would have back in England as well as the effect on the Dragons aswell.
“It wasn’t a simple decision, but this gives me the opportunity to go home and finish my career where it all started – play out the six months and return to that new chapter straight back in Sydney.
“I have been a [St Helens] fan ever since I knew what rugby league was. I started there as an 11-year-old and my coach there at the academy (Mike Rush) has become the CEO and he’s the guy who I’ve been doing the dealings with to sign.
“So it’s obviously a club that look after their own in that journey and there is a lot of fond memories – and that was something else that came into factoring that decision in as I’m risking a lot by going back there and everything that we achieved as a group, and my memories of the place, that all came into it as well.”
Meanwhile, the Super League season is edging closer towards restarting, with a few rule changes in place for at the very least the remainder of the 2020 campaign.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, no Super League games have already been played since March 15.