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James Graham to Retire at the End of 2020

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Absolute warrior and a great servant to the game.

I'm not sure which way to go here, I love him to go out a Grand Final winner but for years now I've wanted to see a new name on the trophy. I suppose with his record he'll finish a beaten finalist

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One hell of a career; regardless of form, he always gave maximum commitment and effort.


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6 minutes ago, Hela Wigmen said:

Devastated not to be able to see him at Langtree Park in a Saints shirt. 

It seems the feeling is mutual
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A great player and his influence over the last 17 years cannot be overstated. 

In particular his stint with the Bulldogs in which his ball handling was a revelation and helped to reignite the value of a ball handling forward to a team.

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19 minutes ago, Cumbrian Fanatic said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/54714467

Absolute warrior and a great servant to the game.

I'm not sure which way to go here, I love him to go out a Grand Final winner but for years now I've wanted to see a new name on the trophy. I suppose with his record he'll finish a beaten finalist

One can only hope so.

Great player,great career.

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Standout player. I do worry about our pack in the next WC, without Graham, S Burgess, O'Loughlin and Roby..........4 absolute top players. People can say we've got Bateman, Hodgson/Clark, Whitehead, Walmsley, Thompson but those 4 are a class above all those in my opinion

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Gobby but good, he has always played the game with 100% commitment.


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A brilliant player.

He has become a serial runner-up (over the last decade) so there is no promise of a winning send off.

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One of the all time great super league players.

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10 minutes ago, Rupert Prince said:

One of my favourite players.  Injuries just catch up in the end.

The hooded guy with the long white beard and carrying a scythe have caught up with him. Nobody escapes.

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He's been a great servant to the game and he's virtually changed the way props play in the NRL by bringing back ball playing up the middle.

Even though he's far from the player he was at his peak his influence this year on the Saints team is noticeable. His leadership & presence on the pitch really lift the team


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On 28/10/2020 at 17:43, DoubleD said:

Standout player. I do worry about our pack in the next WC, without Graham, S Burgess, O'Loughlin and Roby..........4 absolute top players. People can say we've got Bateman, Hodgson/Clark, Whitehead, Walmsley, Thompson but those 4 are a class above all those in my opinion

Roby should be there- still the best player in SL in my eyes.

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I first saw James Graham play as a 17 year old in 2003 when England Academy under 18's took on the Australian Institute of Sport.

It was the first time I had seen a junior team from the UK absolutely physically smash an Aussie side (the final score of 28-22 flattered the Aussies).

Fond memories and whatever Graham went on to do he is ok by me for that performance.

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James Graham is the second greatest British prop forward of all time, behind only Brian McTigue.

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Excellent career, well done.

He was clearly shot in NRL terms (he was falling behind last year as well) - spirit was willing but his body wasn't.  So glad he's smart enough to see that and come back for a last hurrah at Sts.  Just a shame no crowds got to see him go round for a last time. 

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7 hours ago, Manfred Mann said:

James Graham is the second greatest British prop forward of all time, behind only Brian McTigue.

In your opinion 

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10 hours ago, SL17 said:

Excellent player. Certainly must be looking at a coaching.

Not sure he wants to at the moment (well not professionally anyway), he's got a media contract lined up in the NRL


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14 hours ago, Davo5 said:

In your opinion 

Really? I thought that  I was speaking for all of mankind, as is normally the case.

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Top player.

The game that sticks out for me was the one at Headingly where it seemed the entire Leeds forward pack singled him out by any means necessary.


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