Jamie Soward

It leaves a gaping hole in the Dragons halves stocks for 2014 (of course, they will recruit someone to fill the role), but with Jamie Soward and the St George Illawarra Dragons confirming that the five-eighth will leave at the end of the year on a four-year deal at the Penrith Panthers, it has fans baffled as to what the plan is for the Dragons.

For Soward, it was a big decision and one that he did not take lightly, but knows had to be made.

“This was definitely a big decision for me as I love the Dragons but as I have always said, I needed to make a decision about what was in the best interests for me and my future,” said Soward.

“I am absolutely committed to the Dragons, my Coach and team-mates for the remainder of this season and and will enjoy every minute of the rest of the year”.

Whilst he is a big loss to the Dragons, CEO Peter Doust says that the club is disappointed to see him go but the club has acknowledged Soward’s commitment to the club.

“Jamie is a special player and person who has always contributed positively to our Club,” said Doust. “We respect and understand his decision and know that he is totally committed to our Club for the remainder of this season”.

“As has been speculated for some time, we are in a strong position regarding recruitment but we have never been interested in speculating. When we have a number of matters finalised we will communicate appropriately,” added Doust.

For Penrith, Executive General Manager Phil Gould says that Soward is a marquee signing for the club.

“He is a tremendous talent, proven at the highest levels of our game. He also brings with him great experience and leadership qualities,” said Gould.

“Jamie is an outstanding role model for the youth of Western Sydney and his obvious popularity with the kids makes him a perfect ambassador for our club’s community and Junior League programs”.

By ricky

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