James Graham confirms he will retire at end of season

St Helens prop James Graham has confirmed he will retire at the end of the current Super League season.

The 35-year-old has made more than 400 club appearances for St Helens, Canterbury Bulldogs and St George Illawarra Dragons. He has earned 53 caps for Great Britain and England.

Graham re-joined Saints on a one-year deal earlier this season and as the 2020 season reaches its conclusion, Graham has confirmed this season will be his last.

He 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. I have even missed the opposition fans who would give me a piece of their mind!

“I have had so many fantastic memories throughout my career here at Saints, in the NRL and on the international stage representing my country. It has all been a huge honour. I would like to thank all my family and friends who have supported me throughout my career and all the people involved from community clubs Thatto Heath and Blackbrook to people in the St Helens academy as well as everybody involved at Canterbury Bulldogs and St George Illawarra Dragons.

“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. We are going to take things a game at a time, moment by moment and give ourselves the best possible opportunity to finish the job.”

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  1. Well done James you have been a 200%player throughout your carreer enjoy last few games take all the accolades you deserve and please stay in our game to get it back on track .Do what is best for you and your family mate and thanks for entertaining me in Sl and NRL

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