JAMES Graham has been short-listed for the Golden Boot award – the winner being recognised as the greatest player in Rugby League during 2011.
The Saints’ prop lines-up along side countrymen Sam Tomkins of Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos’ Ryan Hall and Aussie trio, Darren Lockyer, Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston. It is the first time the short-list has included an equal number of English and Australian players.
The award will be decided by a panel of judges featuring a host of former winners, including Ellery Hanley, Garry Schofield, and Wally Lewis.
Although the short-list currently stands at six, a wild card entry is available following the competition of the Gillette Four Nations.
Rugby League World editor, John Drake, said: “Our short-list contains players who we believe would walk into any RL team in the world.
“Their selection is backed by strong and consistent domestic displays throughout the year, with particular emphasis on performances at international level.
“The Golden Boot goes to the best player in the world and the best usually reserve their high quality performances for the bigger games.”
No St Helens player has lifted the coveted award since it was introduced in 1984.