Tony Rea explains how Jamie Soward ended up at London Broncos
Last Updated: June 25, 2013 11:19am
Broncos capture Soward
London Broncos made headlines in the world of Super League this week when they secured the signing of Australian halfback Jamie Soward.
The capital club captured his signature until the end of the season, even though he has signed a four-year deal to play for Penrith Panthers from the start of the 2014 campaign.
However, his current club, St George Illawarra, have released him early to play for the Broncos in the Super League and head coach Tony Rea told Boots 'n' All that the move is an astute piece of business for the club as it will give them a hungry player for the rest of the season.
He said: "There's still three months of good rugby league in front of us.
"Craig Gower went home and at the same time I was talking to a friend in Australia, who was a friend of Jamie as it turned out and he said Jamie was having a difficult week. I asked him to ask a question and momentum rolled out from there.
"I hope he's here tomorrow because he's ringing every hour asking when the plane is. He is really looking forward to coming up and joining us at the club."
"Within a couple of days, much to all of our delight, he agreed to come over. It's a good one for us.
"At the moment he's very hungry, that's one thing I would say, and it's from him internally. The important thing is he's keen to be here, keen to play great rugby league and keen to have a great back end to the season and prove some people wrong.
"His kicking game is a real asset, there's no question about that, and it's important at this time of year to be getting that part of your game right.
"He's a great support player, has great enthusiasm and is a talker. It will be something for all of our guys to be feeding off and working with."
The deal provides a boost to the club after the departure of Gower and a season-ending injury to Chad Randall.
Rea says Soward will arrive in good time for the Challenge Cup quarter-final against Sheffield Eagles on July 12 - and could even feature against Wakefield this weekend if the paperwork can be sorted out.
He added: "It's timely. It would have been nice to have had all those players and the boost on top, but more importantly when you're in these periods looking for some good news, we've got some good news coming.
"The whole club is delighted. The team is really excited by it and we have been training really well this week.
"I hope he's here tomorrow because he's ringing every hour asking when the plane is. He is really looking forward to coming up and joining us at the club.
"There's a visa issue but it's plain sailing because he qualifies clearly. There's a chance he'll be here this weekend if he does get something in the next 24 or 48 hours. He knows that and wants that.
"It'll be as soon as he can."