James Graham one of the greatest to play for Saints, says Eamonn McManus

Drew Darbyshire

St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus says retiring prop James Graham is one of the best to ever play for the club.

Graham will hang up his boots at the end of the 2020 season after making more than 450 career appearances.

The 35-year-old, who has earned 53 caps for Great Britain and England, will finish his career at boyhood club Saints, the place where it all started.

McManus said: “James Graham has been one of the greatest players ever produced by and played for St Helens.

“Throughout his long and distinguished career both with us, in the NRL and representing his country, he has given everything in every minute, in every game.

“A heart as big as a lion and loyal to St Helens to the very end, he readily enters the pantheon of all time great rugby league props and we are lucky to be associated with him.

“It is fitting that he has returned to his boyhood club to play out his last games and to be recognised always as a true Saints legend.

“Although it’s tragic that the fans cannot show their appreciation to him in our stadium, he can rest easy that they’ll be behind his every play for the rest of this season and that he will always have a very special place in their hearts.

“Good luck Jammer in all that you do and wherever you do it, and thank you for the inspired and inspiring memories.”

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