Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Wade Graham has had a long and illustrious NRL career that has seen him become one of the game’s most loved and consistent players.
The 31-year-old has played in over 250 games for the Penrith Panthers and Cronulla Sutherland Sharks and has achieved many great things including an NRL premiership win with the Sharks in 2016, a State of Origin series win with New South Wales in 2019 and a Rugby League World Cup tournament victory while representing Australia in 2017.
Graham has nearly done it all in our great game but has unfortunately succumbed to injury on multiple occasions in recent seasons.
This has led to the second-rower missing a lot of game time and is likely the reason for his drop off in form.
At the end of this season, the Blacktown native will be off-contract and could be looking for a fresh start as Graham has revealed in an interview with News Corp that he has been in talks with French-based Super League club the Catalans Dragons.
“I have had one conversation with ‘Fitzy’(coach Craig Fitzgibbon) and ‘Moons’ (Sharks Football Manager Darren Mooney) about what next year looks like,” said Graham.
“I have had initial chats with Catalans.
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“They know I’m off contract and did ring me about a month ago.
“I told them it was in my future plans.
“It hasn’t progressed much further than that but it’s still on the cards.
“I manage myself so it would be good to go through the process and talk to them.
“At this stage, they have expressed interest and I have said it’s certainly a goal of mine at some stage of my career to head over there.”
One factor that may keep Graham in Australia for another year is the fact that his Canadian-born partner is eligible to apply for Australian citizenship next year.
This does not necessarily mean Graham will remain at the Sharks but does indicate that there is a good chance he will do what he can to secure a place at an NRL club in 2023 before agreeing to a move to Perpignan.