If you have been paying attention in the past week, you will have noticed that former St Helens prop forward James Graham has lost his job as elite pathways mentor at the St George Illawarra Dragons.
In what came as a shock to the flame-haired Merseysider, Graham is not the only casualty of what has been a dismal season for the Dragons, with assistant coaches Mathew Head and Peter Gentle also being let go at the end of the 2022 NRL season.
Graham had spoken out about the club’s decision to release him from his current contract.
“I had a role with the Dragons when I came back from England, spread across a variety of areas within the organisation,” Graham said on Triple M’s Saturday Scrum.
“I was basically told the role would no longer be continued and that they were going to put that money into… well basically, the sales department.
“I was blindsided by it, I was. I’m not going to lie. I didn’t see it coming.
“But I’ve had time to digest the news and look for other opportunities. I was disappointed but I mean, if that’s the direction the club want to go.”
Now, though, Graham is expected to take up a role as England assistant coach to Shaun Wane for the end of year World Cup, but, beyond that, it is unclear where the scouser will end up.
Of course, with his media roles in Australia taking up a lot of his time, it would have to be an incredible job for him to return to UK shores after leaving them a champion with St Helens back in 2020.
But, Graham would be an ideal candidate for an assistant coach at a top Super League side with the idea of slowly transforming the ex-England international into a head coach.
Time will tell, but he would be a brilliant asset for any Super League club.