ST. HELENS have confirmed that James Graham will be leaving the club at the end of the season having agreed a three-year deal with Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL.
Chairman Eamonn McManus heaped praise on Graham and wished him every possible success.
McManus stated: “We did everything practical to persuade James to stay but ultimately we respect his wishes and ambitions absolutely.
“There comes a point where you have to just shake his hand and wish him every luck in his new career and life. James will be remembered as one of the all time greats of the club, even at the age of 25.
“He has handled the situation professionally and with absolute respect for the Saints, recognising what we have done for him as well as what he has done for us.
“He does not need to reassure the fans that he will give 100 per cent for the rest of the season, that is taken as read. The door will always be wide open for him at St. Helens, and with a red carpet leading to it, if James ever returns to Super League.”