LIAM Farrell hopes to hear one last blast of a fierce Scouse accent – that would mean James Graham is angry.
The Wigan star goes up against the St Helens legend in a regular season derby for one last time after his opponent confirmed he is retiring at the end of the season.
But after linking up with him for England, the back rower knows just how competitive Graham can be.
He also knows that when he is annoyed, his Liverpudlian twang gets even stronger and he hopes his ears catch it tonight with Super League’s top spot on the line.
Farrell, 30, said: “James is very passionate in what he does and is very vocal.
“And when he does get angry, his Scouse accent does get stronger!
“I’ve not heard that for a while but I’d like to hear it tonight. I’m sure he feels the same way about St Helens as I do about Wigan.
“We’ve a real good crack at going top and the ads are really keen for it. We’re more than capable of getting the win and going top.
“It would be a great time to go top as it would be ours to lose then.”
Wigan boss Adrian Lam admits Graham is the ‘ultimate competitor’ after working against him when he was involved with Australia’s staff.
But when given the choice, he would have the Warriors’ own retiring legend, Sean O’Loughlin – when asked which one he would rather have, he replied straight away: “Lockers.”
And he revealed just how close he came to moving to the NRL, adding: “I think he’d agreed in principle at one stage with Canterbury.
“That was at the height of his career and Trent Robinson, the great Sydney Roosters coach, considers him one of the best players to have ever played the game.
“I know he tried to get Sean a couple of times but he decided that wasn’t the path he wanted to take, though, but I wouldn’t swap him for the world.
“I coached against James when I was with Australia and he was outstanding. He had some special moments in Australia and has the respect of everyone over there.
“He’s one of Great Britain’s great front rowers over the past decade.”
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