Jammer: I might be back after Oz stint

Born leader ... James Graham calls his teammates in for a post-mortem after the defeat against Wigan
Born leader ... James Graham calls his teammates in for a post-mortem after the defeat against Wigan
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JAMES Graham hasn’t ruled out the possibility of returning to the British game once his three-year deal with Canterbury Bulldogs expires.

But the 25-year-old prop, who announced he was leaving Saints last week, insists he would ‘cross that bridge when he comes to it.’

The St Helens and England ace said: “I would never attach myself to a statement that when I come back to this country I would rejoin St Helens but I’d find it extremely difficult to sign for any other Super League club.”

Graham, who joined Saints as an 11-year-old, added: “It was a huge decision - probably the biggest of my Rugby League - to leave the club I joined as a boy but to be honest I couldn’t have made a wrong choice whatever I decided.

“Playing in Australia is something I have always wanted to do and while several clubs were interested insigning me, I felt Canterbury Bulldogs ticked all the boxes from the first time I met their officials.”

Graham said Saints had done everything in their power to persuade him to stay as the club moved into a new era and new stadium and felt really bad when he had to tell chairman Eamonn McManus he was leaving.

“Eamonn wanted me to remain and be part to a new beginning and I can see why. He is dedicated to Saints and has poured a great deal of his own money in the club, making many sacrifices along the way.

“But unfortunately the move to a new stadium has come at the wrong time for me.

“I would have loved to stay here but I think I would have some regret in later years if had not decided to try my luck in the NRL.”

Graham praised his family and close friends for backing him all the way in making his decision and also thanked the Saints’ fans for their magnificent support over the years.