Cronulla Sharks, Wests Tigers, Wade Graham, Benji Marshall, coaches


Sharks captain Wade Graham is considering becoming a rugby league coach – and he’s sent a cheeky message to Benji Marshall.

Almost a month after Marshall was announced as head coach of the Wests Tigers from 2025, Graham revealed he was working on his coaching accreditation with the 37-year-old.

Graham does not have an NRL contract beyond this season and, although he is in talks with Cronulla to sign a new contract, the 31-year-old is preparing for life after football.

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“I’m doing my (coaching) accreditation with Benji Marshall. He already has a job. I could convince him to tune in and try to be one of his (Tigers) assistants over time. years,” Graham said with a laugh.

“It’s definitely an option. I’m enjoying that part of the game.”

Graham played 270 NRL games with the Panthers and Sharks.

He was a member of the Cronulla team that beat Melbourne in the 2016 Grand Final.

Utility also represented New South Wales and Australia.

“I don’t feel like I’ve lost my love for the game or my passion for the game, so it would be crazy for a 32, 33, 34-year-old player, in my opinion, to go and try something. completely different (after my playing days),” Graham said.

“That’s what I know, so I’ll stick with it and hopefully I can give something back to the game after all these years of service.”

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In his first season as head coach, Craig Fitzgibbon put Cronulla in third going into the 22nd inning.

Graham doesn’t think more than a year ahead.

“We’ll go a year at a time. I’m comfortable with a year and you never know,” he said.

“If I get to this stage next year and still feel good, we’ll see how we do.”

Graham’s checkered history with blows to the head could see him retire sooner than he expected.

Bantamweight legends Jake Friend and Boyd Cordner retired early in 2021 due to serious battles with concussion.

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