Graham leaning towards one more NRL year

Adrian Warren
James Graham has his sights set on playing on with St George Illawarra in 2021

St George Illawarra veteran James Graham is leaning towards playing on next year but he would need to sign a new NRL contract to do so.

The 34-year-old England Test prop is in the final season of a three-year deal with the Dragons.

Graham said the interrupted and abbreviated 2020 season would have no bearing on any decision on his future.

"There's a lot of variables around whether or not I will play again after this season," Graham said.

"At the moment the answer would be I'm veering more towards yes but I'm not naive enough to think that can't go to a no.

"I've just got to concentrate on doing the best I can week by week and ideally earn myself a new deal at this club.

"I'd definitely like to commit to staying at the Dragons... I've no ambition to play for anyone else."

Whatever Graham decides, it seems certain to be his final season playing alongside NSW and Kangaroos back-rower Tyson Frizell.

Shortly after the competition was put on pause, the long-time Dragons forward revealed he would move to Newcastle next season.

"There's one thing I can guarantee is Tyson is going to give everything while he's playing for this club," Graham said.

"I know that, I trust him to do that, I would never doubt that for one second.

"Players come and go from clubs it happens all the time. I moved teams.

"My attitude towards Tyson will not change one bit and he will continue to be a friend after this season.

"He's earned the respect of this playing group.

"For a number of years, he's given his blood, sweat and tears for this club."

One positive to come from the layoff for the Dragons is hooker Cameron McInnes should be available again soon - he missed rounds one and two with a knee injury suffered in the Nines.

"It's going to be huge; he's our captain, our leader, he inspires people with his actions, he's going to be a massive inclusion," Graham said.

"With Cam available we will be a better team that's for sure."