Graham’s future still not certain

James Graham surgery

Canterbury Bulldogs’ captain James Graham is keeping his options open as reports continue to circulate about a possible move away from Belmore.

The England international forward has become a household in the NRL since arriving in 2012 and is a huge favourite with the Bulldogs fans.

However, the Dogs recent signing of News South Wales’ prop Aaron Woods has cast doubts over whether Graham will remain at the club for 2018, with interest thought to be high from Super League and the NRL.

Speaking to the Australian media, the 31-year-old said he was “very open-minded” on his future, stating “there are too many variables and too many different situations which could arise.”

He added: “I would not want to set myself up for disappointment if I said I definitely wanted to stay here, or I am definitely going home. You are only one tackle away from having that taken away.”

Graham, who has captained Canterbury for the last three seasons, revealed he has spoken with the club recently and they are keen to keep him on board beyond 2017.

“I’ve spoken to Des (Hasler) and the powers-that-be. The ways I’ve interpreted it and what’s being suggested to me is that I’m going to be here next year. I’m really happy to be part of Des’ plans.”