2018 Player Review - Wade Graham

Officially named co-captain alongside Paul Gallen at the beginning of the season, things were looking promising for another stellar season from the Sharks backrower.

Wade Graham only managed 18 appearances in 2018 though.

It's been an injury plagued season for Graham, who's struggled to spend large chunks of time on the field due to hamstring, groin, concussion and cheekbone issues.

These ongoing injuries robbed him of the chance to retain his NSW State of Origin jumper, and the year seemed like it went from bad to worse for 'Wadeo'.

In the Sharks preliminary final against the Roosters, Wade suffered a season ending ACL injury, now he's got a long road to recovery ahead, that also puts him in doubt for the 2019 season-opener.

When on the field though, Graham made his presence felt and was instrumental in both attack and defence.

He formed a lethal combination with new recruit Matt Moylan and long-time left edge counterpart Ricky Leutele, making the Sharks left edge a formidable task for opposition teams to defend against.

Possessing a slick passing game combined with his very handy left foot kick, Wade once again gave Shane Flanagan's men plenty of attacking options when he was on.

In August, Wade welcomed his first child William into the world with partner Karianne, and no doubt this has made his rehab that little bit easier.

 

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Photo of the Year

Nothing like having your son at his first home game! A special moment Wade Graham won't forget.

 

2019 - What's ahead

The 2019 season can't come quick enough for Wade, who's itching to get back into the swing of things. And while it's a long road ahead, we look forward to seeing Wade back out there in 2019

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