Jamie Soward
Attracting interest from rugby

International raiders are trying to poach Jamie Soward from the St George Illawarra Dragons, with the star playmaker fielding interest from Japanese and French rugby union clubs.

In a move that could tempt Soward to seek an early exit from his contract, The Sunday Telegraph has learned the NSW Origin five-eighth is in the sights of at least two overseas rugby clubs.

A Dragons official last night said they were aware of the interest.

“Jamie is very happy,” the official said. “He is a big part of our plans.”

It is understood the Dragons would consider releasing Soward should he express a desire to leave. The goalkicking playmaker is contracted to the club until the end of next year.

Signed as a Roosters discard, Soward emerged under Wayne Bennett as one of the game’s top playmakers and most accurate goalkickers.

Dragons coach Steve Price was reluctant to comment publicly, but is aware of the interest in Soward. Rumours circulated during the off-season that Soward was unhappy at the Dragons since Bennett left. However, there have been assurances from the club that those rumours are untrue.

Read more at the Herald Sun