Jamie Soward aims to pass on experience to Broncos team-mates

Last Updated: 10/07/13 8:57pm

Soward days

Jamie Soward told Boots 'n' All he is determined to boost London Broncos' flagging fortunes during his stay with the capital club.

The 28-year-old, who won the NRL and World Club Challenge with St. George Illawarra Dragons, signed a short term deal with the Broncos last week and will represent the outfit until the end of the Super League season when he joins up with the Penrith Panthers.

"I'm delighted with him on an individual basis and delighted with his intent since we first talked - and he's backed it up on the field."

Tony Rea

And the half-back is hoping his experience will rub off on his team-mates, who were left bottom of the table after suffering a 44-30 defeat at home by Salford on Saturday.

"I can help them compete, I can help them off the field by showing the young guys the professionalism and stuff that goes into being a grader week-in, week-out," said Soward.

"They're learning on the go and the last thing they need is me flying over here thinking I'm the best and telling them how it should be. But they need to learn how it is and what you need to do to stay in the top grade.

"So long as they're willing to listen and I'm willing to listen to their ideas I'm sure we'll have a good partnership."

Soward flew into the country on Saturday morning and later that afternoon he was making his Broncos debut, coming on after 25 minutes of play.

Quality

Despite the half-back's less than ideal preparations he clearly had a positive impact on the contest, scoring a try and five goals, and Broncos boss Tony Rea conceded he should have introduced the Australian earlier.

"In hindsight I wish I'd started him and thrown the challenge straight at him," said Rea. "But this club will be better for him. I'm delighted with him on an individual basis and delighted with his intent since we first talked - and he's backed it up on the field.

"He's a quality player and it's exciting for Super League to see quality players come in and lift those around you."

And Paul Cullen, in the Boots 'n' All studio, agreed Soward is good for the game in this country, even if his stay is a short one.

"The Broncos are going to need Soward when they take on the Catalan Dragons this weekend," he said.

"However, short termism is one thing, but I see the bigger picture in this and it's the message the London club are sending to all of us that matters.

"That message is: 'we can still do it, we can still go out there and get a high quality player that's going to make difference, not only to the Broncos but also to Super League'."

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