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St Helens legend reveals brain is “damaged” after 100 concussions as ex-Leeds Rhinos man delivers “huge message” to players about head injuries

There have been few better props in Super League and the NRL in the last 20 years than two-time Super League Champion and St Helens star James Graham.

Graham shone down under with great form at Canterbury and St George with his no nonsense approach to the game in the middle of the field.

Now two years into retirement, Graham is now doing his bit to shed more light on the dangers of head knocks and head injuries, something he didn’t have when he played.

He started his own podcast called Head Noise to do so and as he strives to shed more light on this issue after over 100 concussions during his career, Graham this week revealed the results of an MRI scan he took which showed that his brain is damaged.

According to Zerotackle, the former pro admitted: “While the neuropsychological tests I passed quite well, it’s been confirmed via an MRI scan that part of my 36-year-old brain is damaged.

“That is ‘down on volume’ at the front and side part of my brain.”

It is certainly a topic of conversation at the moment with Stevie Ward also pushing for more awareness recently appearing on GB News.

Ward was forced into retirement at the age of 27 due to concussion symptoms he still has to fight now.

He took to Twitter to reiterate to players that they need to check in on each other and that it is not soft to have a headache or feel dizzy: “PLAYERS HERE IS WHAT WE CAN DO! Wear the chipped gumshields: it will allow us to understand the type of impacts that are causing most damage to the brain. Get on to

“It’s not soft to have headaches & feel dizzy.”

This was retweeted by Warrington bound prop Gil Dudson who added: “Huge message!! Help ourselves first and foremost!!”

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