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St George Illawarra have released James Graham from the remainder of his Dragons playing contract to allow him to take up an opportunity in the English Super League.

The Dragons are still actively seeking a forward replacement – which could come in the form of either a loan deal for the remainder of the 2020 season or a multi-season contract.

The club remain confident the current squad will cover for the loss of Graham in the short-term as indicated by the selection of Jackson Ford for the Dragons' Round 7 clash against the Sydney Roosters.

"I'm definitely leaving with a heavy heart – this club and the people involved have done so much for me over the past two and a half years," Graham said. 

"It wasn't an easy decision, but the opportunity to return and play for the club I've supported since I was eight and whose system I was in from 11 was the right thing for me to pursue as I reach the end of my career.

"I'm very grateful for the club, the board and the coach for appreciating my perspective about returning to St Helens. I'd run to the edge of the earth for the coach, staff and playing group at the Dragons. They will have a special place in my heart forever."

Graham played 51 games for the Dragons – including his 400th first grade game last year – and will be sorely missed by everyone involved at St George Illawarra.

We thank the man affectionately known as 'Jammar' for his passion and commitment to the Dragons and wish him well upon his return to the United Kingdom.