Burgess revealed nothing about his move during that time, though.
“No, he didn’t mention it to me,” Graham told reporters in Australia.
“It wasn’t until I got back to Sydney and the whispers were going around. He didn’t mention it to me and we were rooming, so he can keep a secret I guess.
“(I was) disappointed to be honest. Disappointed for the game because I think as a code we need people like him and we need people like Sonny Bill (Williams) and people like Benji Marshall to want to stay.
“And this isn’t an attack on the code. For me, I love rugby league and I want to see the best athletes and the best people for the game stay in the game.
But the Bulldogs prop does not see himself swapping codes at any time in the future.
“Where would I play?” he asked, speaking rhetorically.
Graham does not see the game as being about him and Burgess as individuals, however.
“Honestly, I don’t think there is as much in it as people make out,” he added.
“He plays in the middle; I play in the middle. I’ve got to do my job for my team.”