St George Illawarra have moved to clarify the future of James Graham after he denied signing off on an agreement to work with the club following his retirement.
The Dragons released a members update on Wednesday last week claiming Graham would work with the club’s NRLW side.
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“This will lead to the better identification of talented young female footballers from our regions as well as improved development programs,” CEO Ryan Webb said.
“This is all done with the goal of having a highly competitive NRLW team made up of great local talent.”
But on Sunday, Graham told the Rugby Football League he hadn’t signed any contract to return to the Dragons in an off-field capacity.
“An update from Sydney – James Graham has asked us to clarify that he hasn’t agreed a role with the Dragons’ female academy, as had been suggested by the club over the weekend,” the official England Rugby League account tweeted.
And on Monday, Webb’s members update explained that the club were still in discussions with Graham and nothing official had been signed.
The Dragons, who are hopeful of securing the Englishman’s services, also sought to explain that the role being offered to Graham would see him work in tandem with the club’s corporate team as well as with the women’s side.
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“Another positive ahead of the new season concerns discussions we have had with former player James Graham, who will soon commence a number of roles at the Dragons including in our partnerships team and rugby league program,” Webb said.
Graham, who left the Dragons midway through last season, returned to the Super League to sign with St Helens.
The veteran prop won a grand final to bookend his 481-game career after an on-the-hooter field goal attempt from Tommy Makinson bounced off the posts and into the hands of on-rushing Jack Welsby who scored the winner.
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