FORMER Saints prop James Graham could return from the NRL to join a Super League club with immediate effect.

Graham, 34, who left Saints in 2011, currently plays for St George Illawarra in the Australian competition, which has resumed action in recent weeks.

In a statement released today, the Dragons said they have been involved in discussions with “Graham and his management regarding an opportunity for him to return to the English Super League with immediate effect”.

The statement added: “The Dragons will consider this option for Graham on the merit a replacement player is secured by the club prior to his release.

“The Dragons will be making no further comment regarding Graham at this stage.”

The name of an English club is not mentioned in the Dragons' statement, but Australia's Daily Telegraph newspaper reports that Saints are favourites to sign him.

Saints have a high profile vacancy in the front row following the departure of Luke Thompson.

News of Graham's potential release by the Dragons has already set tongues wagging among the club’s supporters.

Graham, who came through the Saints ranks as a junior, joined St George in 2018 after a distinguished spell with Canterbury Bulldogs.

He is in the final year of his contract.

The Super League season remains suspended, although it is hoped action could resume in August.