PLAYERS | Wade Graham

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Panther 479

42 matches [2008-2010]

36 points [9 tries]

Stats: themightypanthers.com/players_graham-wade.htm

Blacktown junior who had been a member of the victorious Jersey Flegg premiership winning team in 2007 and then a part of the inaugural Under 20s squad in 2008 before making his NRL debut later in that season as a 17 year old.

In his first season he made 8 appearances, most of them at five-eighth.

In 2009, Graham became a more regular member of the NRL squad with 22 appearances, alternating between starting five-eighth and used as an impact player off the bench.

A pre-season injury in 2010 delayed his return and did not play his first match until May. However, soon after it was announced that he would leave Penrith to join Cronulla in 2011, citing greater opportunities. The last of his 12 matches that year was in the losing semi final against the Sydney Roosters.

Since joining the Sharks, he has established himself as one of the competition’s premier forwards, and has won a premiership in 2016 as well as representative honours for NSW and Australia. In 2020 he made his 200th appearance for Cronulla, and will continue playing for the Sharks in 2023.

Last updated 20 November 2022

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