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James Graham will enter his seventh season at the Bulldogs in 2017, after first arriving at Belmore in 2012 from St Helens at the age of 25.

The now 31-year-old will lead the blue and white for the third consecutive year and has put a stop to claims that he was looking to stand down as Bulldogs skipper.

“People can look for a story and look for an angle. It is part of the job and what comes with the territory, but I am 100% all in on leading the boys and leading the club this year,” Graham told Fox Sports on Wednesday, “The Coach believes I can be at my best. So he believes in me and it makes me more at ease believing in myself if he does.

“He has told me that he believes in me.”

The English International is regarded as one of the premier front rowers in the game, and has become a cult hero amongst the Bulldogs faithful, also put to bed a move to the Manly Sea Eagles.

“I was always coming back to Belmore. There was nothing in my heading going on to suggest otherwise. I am all in for this year, 100%. There was no doubt, no ifs or buts and half approaching the season. I have to commit myself for this year and that’s all I can do.

“I am signed for another season after 2017, but you can’t look that far ahead. I am focused on this pre-season and doing the best I can for this club. There is no room for doubt or hesitation and there is nothing in my mind to suggest that.”

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