Steve Price

Very rarely do you hear a coach come out so strongly about the media’s treatment of his team and the club in general, but for Dragons coach Steve Price, who recently said that the media has an agenda against the Dragons – the rookie coach has denied any talk of a rift between he and Dragons five-eighth, Jamie Soward.

Price vehemently denied the reports of such a rift, calling them “total lies and innuendo”, with Soward set to play for the Illawarra Cutters on Saturday afternoon.

With the Dragons winning last week with Nathan Fien and Ben Hornby in the halves, Price felt that there was no need to alter a winning formula – as the rookie coach denied that Soward playing reserve grade, was for anything other than regaining fitness.

“Jamie has been really struggling with his back and has been working hard to get back on the field,” he said.

“He worked hard with our high performance staff and he’ll go back to the Illawarra Cutters and if he pulls up well, he’ll be with the Cutters on Saturday.

“We’ve been playing pretty well over the last few weeks and I think it’s been in the best interest of the team to keep the same (halves).

“But in saying that there’s been a lot of speculation and innuendo around our footy club and it is total lies. I can honestly say that.

“I’ve had a great relationship with Jamie and I have been honest from the outset.

“We still have big plans for Jamie in the future.”

By ricky

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