London Broncos can confirm that Jamie Soward has re-signed with the club for the remainder of the season, subject to the approval of Soward’s UK visa.
The 31-year-old playmaker originally joined the Broncos in June 2013, playing seven Super League games for London, and two Challenge Cup matches, before returning to Penrith Panthers in the NRL.
A fan favourite, in his nine games for the Broncos Soward scored five tries, 24 goals, and several Man of the Match performances.
“I’m thrilled to be returning to the Broncos and pulling on the number 33 jersey again,” commented Soward.
“I have such fantastic memories of my time in London and am very happy to have been offered the chance to do it all over again.
“I’ve been watching the Broncos this season – they’re working hard, and are being justly rewarded with their wins and second place in the league.
“I can’t wait to rip in with the boys in training and start the Super 8s.”
Echoing Soward’s sentiments, head coach, Andrew Henderson was equally pleased with the Australian’s impending arrival.
“Obviously, Jamie is an outstanding player with a huge wealth of experience – he’s got over 200 NRL games under his belt with St. George Illawarra and the Panthers, has played State of Origin, and was a key member of the St. George team to win the NRL premiership in 2010.
“After speaking to Jamie it’s clear to me he is a team player and a genuine competitor with a will to win. This attitude fits with what we’re building here at the Broncos: a competitive team, with a winning mentality.
“Jamie’s arrival comes at a good time for us as we prepare for the final push in our season. He will inject some enthusiasm and create excitement within the team and the club.
“His experience and leadership will stand us in good stead for what’s to come in the Super 8s.”
Chairman, David Hughes, added “I’ve spent the last week working with Jamie to join us for the remainder of our season. From our past experience, Jamie brings the X factor both on and off the field.
“I cannot wait for his first game for the Broncos, and Jamie feels the same. We’re making every effort to get him over to London as soon as all paperwork is fully cleared.”