Canterbury Bulldogs captain James Graham announces St George Illawarra Dragons agreement

Changing clubs: Canterbury Bulldogs captain James Graham has announced he will join St George Illawarra from next season. Picture: Daniel Munoz/AAP Image
Changing clubs: Canterbury Bulldogs captain James Graham has announced he will join St George Illawarra from next season. Picture: Daniel Munoz/AAP Image

He helped end St George Illawarra’s season on Sunday. But James Graham will be wearing the red V in 2018.

It may have been a deflating weekend for Dragons fans but Graham has provided a lift, with the Canterbury captain confirming he will join St George Illawarra from next season.

Graham confirmed on Tuesday night he had verbally agreed to an offer late last week to join St George Illawarra for three years, with the Dragons finally ending their search to replace Russell Packer after he joined the Wests Tigers.

"I think it's the best move for myself and for both clubs, too," Graham told Fox Sports' NRL 360 program.

"At the age I'm at, that will probably take me to the end of my NRL career. I'm really excited for what's ahead."

Canterbury allowed Graham to leave to help alleviate serious salary cap pressure for next season, with the Bulldogs still trying to get under the $9.4million cap.

The 31-year-old Englishman helped Canterbury end St George Illawarra’s finals hopes on Sunday in his last game as a Bulldog. Graham said he told his teammates in the sheds after full-time that he was leaving Canterbury.

Graham will bring plenty of experience to St George Illawarra’s pack having played in the 2012 and 2014 grand finals with Canterbury in his five years at the club.

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