The Thatto Heath Crusaders have hit the spotlight down under after a shirt presentation with Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs captain James Graham.
The amateur club were asked to provide a kit to fit a ten-year-old and decided it would be fitting to send Thatto Heath under nines player Koby Prescott’s Crusaders strip to the NRL side’s season launch last week.
Koby wears the same number one jersey that his late father Steve Prescott MBE donned for St Helens and his was presented to the former Saints prop on stage at the launch.
Maghull-born Graham started his rugby league career with the Thatto Heath Crusaders before joining St Helens as a junior in 2000.
He made his debut three years later, before going on to win three Challenge Cups and a Super League Grand Final. He was voted Man of Steel in 2008.
Graham has made over 90 appearances since joining the Bulldogs in 2012, including the 30-6 defeat by South Sydney Rabbitohs in the 2014 NRL Grand Final.
He was named Bulldogs captain at the start of last season, and has made two appearances for the NRL All Stars.