It would appear that the situation became that untenable between the St George Illawarra Dragons and five-eighth Jamie Soward, that the two came to a mutual agreement to release the half effective immediately.
With both Soward and his agent requesting an early release last week, the release was granted, with Soward to play out the remainder of the season at English Super League side, the London Broncos.
Dragons CEO Peter Doust said the two parties came to an agreement that the decision made was the best for both parties moving forward and thanked the former half for his contribution to the club.
â€œAfter consultation with the Coaching Staff, the Dragons Board determined that granting the early release requested by Jamie and his management was in the best interests of both parties,â€ said Dragons CEO Peter Doust.
â€œIt is fair to say that mid-season signings and transfers are not ideal for Clubs, players or fans but that is the system in which we work.
â€œThis is not how the Club or Jamie envisaged things would end and efforts were made to avoid this HGH circumstance but both parties agree that this is the best outcome.
â€œJamie has made a significant contribution to our Club, we thank him for his services and wish him well for his future,â€ added Doust.
Soward was equally grateful to the club, not only for the opportunities they gave him but for allowing him to leave early and take up a stint at the London Broncos.
â€œI would like to thank the Dragons and everyone associated with the Club for everything that they have done for me throughout my time at the Club,â€ said Soward.
â€œSt George Illawarra is a special Club with great people and I have some great memories to take with me, especially the Grand Final win in 2010,â€ added Soward.
â€œWhilst I would have liked to have finished the season out, I am looking forward to the opportunity presented to me overseas for the remainder of this year.
â€œRugby League is a business and this is the right thing for me and the Dragons and I wish the team and Club all the best for the futureâ€.