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James Graham will this week celebrate his 100th NRL match and his team mates have spoken of the milestone and what the skipper provides to the club.

Our much loved club captain James Graham will play his 100th NRL game this Sunday against the Tigers. After making the big move from the Super League to the NRL in 2012, he has had a huge impact on not only our club but the NRL as a whole.

Aiden Tolman, a fellow senior player thinks it’s a huge achievement for James.

“To get it done so quickly is pretty good for a front rower, the way he plays the game, I’m wrapped for him,” Aiden said. “He’s had a lot more milestones for St Helens though so I’m sure he’ll be taking it as just another game.”

The Smithtown Tigers junior believes it’s always important to try and get the win for the milestone players and even more so for James.

“If it means something to him then it means something to us as well. It’s important to get the win against the West Tigers, we need it as a club but those little extra individual accolades are nice as well.”

Josh Jackson has played a lot of football alongside James and admires the passion he injects into his game.

“When times are tough he will put his hand up to take a hard carry or pull off a big hit. He gives you that bit of extra energy to go with him,” Josh said.

As a young player, Michael Lichaa looks up to James as a role model and feels at ease having him around.

“He makes me feel safe and comfortable when we run out. Hopefully we can go out there and get the win for him, he deserves it, he’s the leader of our team,” Michael said.

Acknowledgement of Country

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs respect and honour the Darug and Eora nations, who are the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.