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Graham reveals how Saints return was brought forward

The England star had originally been due to sign for 2021. James Graham says he’d originally planned to rejoin in St Helens next year, before a conversation with an old team-mate brought plans forward. The …

The England star had originally been due to sign for 2021.

James Graham says he’d originally planned to rejoin in St Helens next year, before a conversation with an old team-mate brought plans forward.

The England prop had been in line to link up with Saints for 2021, but long-time friend Paul Wellens convinced him to make the move early, after Saints lost Luke Thompson to Canterbury.

Graham told the Saints podcast: “I’d been talking to Mike Rush about the possibility of next year.

“That was a couple of weeks ago and the conversations were going OK, and then I was on the phone with Paul Wellens, who I’m still good mates with.

“We speak pretty regularly and on one of those occasions he asked – would I come this year – and I responded that it’s not as easy as that.

“But that planted the seed and a few conversations happened, and it all fell into place really.”

Graham also revealed the identity of the only other British club he’d have considered joining.

He confirmed: “There was St Helens or potentially Workington Town that I’d consider playing for if I came home.”

Graham is a patron of Cumbrian children’s charity Team Evie and his dad hails from Maryport.

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