The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have secured a signing coup with current Great Britain international and 2010 England captain James Graham agreeing to join the Club on a three year deal commencing in 2012.
25 year old Graham will link with the Bulldogs on the back of a stellar nine season career with St Helens in the English Super League.
During his career at Saints he claimed such accolades as the 2008 Man of Steel Award, the Rugby League Writers Player of the Year, World XIII selection, and being named the best prop in the world.
Elevated to the England captaincy prior to the 2010 Four Nations tournament held in Australia and New Zealand following injury to Jamie Peacock and Adrian Morley, Liverpool-born Graham says testing himself in the National Rugby League was something he always had on his to-do list.
“The decision to leave St Helens has been by far the biggest decision of my Rugby League career,” Graham says.
“I’ve been on the books with Saints since I was 11 years old and I grew up supporting the Club. I love the place and I never wanted to play against them, and as such I didn’t consider any other Super League options.
“Testing myself in the NRL is something I’ve always wanted to do, and the Bulldogs just seemed right from day one. From meeting with Todd Greenberg and Kevin Moore and also Peter Mulholland, I got a feeling that the Bulldogs are a Club heading in the right direction.
“They made it clear to me that they saw me as a big part of the future of the Club and I’m looking forward, after a successful finish to my time at Saints, to linking with the Club at the end of the year.”
Bulldogs head coach Kevin Moore says Graham was a key acquisition for his side and adds more international quality to the forward pack.
Graham will link with the Bulldogs in time for the 2012 pre-season.