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Captain James Graham still focused on St Helens

James Graham
Graham has three tries in 12 appearances for St Helens this season

St Helens joint-captain James Graham has assured Saints fans that he will give his all this season despite agreeing to move to the NRL next term.

The 25-year-old will join Canterbury Bulldogs on a three-year deal but has no doubts where his loyalties lie.

Graham told BBC Radio Merseyside: "It is not difficult at all. I love playing for St Helens and that's just not going to change.

"It's not hard for me to get up for games and play for this team."

Graham has three Challenge Cup winners medals and the 2011 competition will be his final chance to lift the trophy again before he makes the move to Australia.

Ahead of Saturday's fourth-round tie with Sheffield, the life-long Saints fan says he is not the only player who has ambitions of winning the cup this season.

"I don't want to make it about me," Graham continued. "I think if you asked any player from any team, they want to win it.

"Any player would be picturing themselves at Wembley and I'm no different from them."

Saints have lifted the trophy 12 times in their history, the last time in 2008 after a 28-16 win over Hull, but the England international insists the squad are not looking too far ahead.

"We set our goals at the start of the year with what we want to do, but we only take each game at a time," he added.

"I don't think anyone is looking past Sheffield this week. Then our attention will turn towards Huddersfield."

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