ST GEORGE Illawarra coach Paul McGregor says he does not know whether this weekend will mark James Graham's farewell appearance for the club.

But he did confirm the 34-year-old has requested to be released from his contract so he can finish his career at St Helens this season.

McGregor confirmed Graham will line up for the Dragons against Gold Coast Titans this Saturday.

Speaking to journalists, the former Australian international said: "He will definitely play this weekend - he is all in. The conversation I have had with James is pretty simple – that he wants to finish his career where it started – with St Helens.


"He has the remainder of the year to do that after an opening came up due to the player (Luke Thompson) who has gone to Canterbury. So James has requested a release and the rest has been said."

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Asked by journalists, whether Saturday could be Graham's farewell appearance in the NRL, he replied: "I can't answer that one as I don't know, but what I do know is what James will give us on the football field – and that is an all in performance."

In a statement earlier in the week, the Dragons said Graham's departure would depend on a replacement for him being found. It is understood an agreement is in place between Saints and Graham for his return to his boyhood club on a short-term deal.

In a statement released earlier this week St George 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”.

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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.”