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Cronulla fullback Matt Moylan has warned against expecting too much of Wade Graham when he returns on Saturday after nine months on the sidelines.

Graham makes his comeback against the Eels after suffering a ruptured ACL in last year's qualifying final against the Roosters.

Moylan wants to see Graham eased into the contest after watching the back-rower rehabilitate his knee over the summer.

"Obviously Wade hasn't played for a while so now he's back and playing we can't be relying on him to be the player he was straight away," Moylan said.

"It's going to take him some time to find his feet but hopefully we can help him with that and we can keep improving as a team.

"He's been training well for a number of weeks now. He'll be ready to go."

Sharks v Eels - Round 13

Graham's return is a huge boost for the Sharks, who are also expected to welcome back Shaun Johnson (hamstring) and Aaron Woods (foot) in the coming weeks.

Johnson is set to return next week against the Raiders with the Sharks facing their second five-day turnaround of the season.

Woods has started running again after fracturing a bone in his foot and is eyeing a return against the Bulldogs in round 15.

Wade Graham in agony after rupturing his ACL.
Wade Graham in agony after rupturing his ACL. ©Gregg Porteous/NRL Photos

Moylan, who has made a successful return after almost two months on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, said the likes of Bronson Xerri, Kurt Capewell and Kyle Flanagan have grown in the absence of key players.

"I think Capey has been outstanding for us. It was good he had that week in Origin camp and has gained that experience," Moylan said. "Hopefully he's a better player for it.

"Kyle has been doing a great job for us. He's been playing some regular footy and is stringing a few games together. It's good for him in his career development."

Moylan is set to stay in the No.1 jersey despite plenty of reshuffles over the course of the year to accommodate injuries.

The former Panthers captain is confident his hamstring concerns are behind him after pulling up well from the round 11 clash with the Dragons.

"I still think I've got a few things to work on and fix. I was a bit off the pace in terms of the end of the game I felt my calf cramp up a bit. It was just good to be back out there," he said.

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