Cowboys' Ash credits team for his form
IF Ash Graham has his way, he will see out his rugby league career at the Cowboys.
The 28-year-old, who has established himself as one of the NRL's best wingers during the past two years, is off contract at the end of 2013. But even if rival clubs come knocking with an attractive offer, Graham will be reluctant to leave Townsville.
"Being a North Queensland local, I always wanted to play for the Cowboys,'' the Cairns Kangaroos junior said.
"This is my seventh year with the Cowboys, so it's a club I definitely want to stay with, and I can't see myself playing for any other team.
Graham was the NRL's second leading try scorer with 21 in 2012 and was the Cowboys' Player of the Year in 2011.
The plaudits have been constant the past two seasons, but a humble Graham said his good form was thanks to his teammates
"I guess it's a reflection of the way the team has been playing,'' he said.
"They've probably been two of my better years throughout my career, but in saying that, the football the team has been playing over the last two years has been of a high standard.
"I guess I've been lucky to feed off that.''
But ever the perfectionist, Graham said he could ntsGbelieves he cannte still improve his game.
"For myself, it's just working on consistency and performing week-in, week-out at that one high standard,'' he said.
"There's probably been games throughout the last two seasons where my performances have probably slipped from time to time.
"I'm just looking to make sure I've got that one high standard and that I'm sticking to it each week.''
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Cowboy stars:The cometitive Glenn Hall and the committed Ashley Graham.