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The St George Illawarra Dragons have today signed and granted Jamie Soward a release effective immediately from the remainder of his playing contract.
Soward and his management requested an early release last week to enable Soward to take up an opportunity to play in the English Super League for the remainder of this season.
“After 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,” said Dragons CEO Peter Doust.
“It 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.
“This is not how the Club or Jamie envisaged things would end and efforts were made to avoid this circumstance but both parties agree that this is the best outcome.
“Jamie has made a significant contribution to our Club, we thank him for his services and wish him well for his future,” added Doust.
Soward indicated that he was grateful to the Club for the opportunities that they have provided and for enabling him to take up the opportunity to play in England.
“I 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,” said Soward.
“St 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,” added Soward.
“Whilst 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.
“Rugby 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 future”.