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Soward desperate to stay at Dragons
Ian McCullough
19:53 AEST Sun Apr 7 2013

Jamie Soward says he'll do anything to stay at St George Illawarra beyond this season.

The former NSW playmaker produced a fine performance for the Dragons, kicking two goals, a crucial field goal on the halftime siren and set up Jason Nightingale for a second-half try in his side's 19-16 win over Newcastle on Sunday.

Soward moved to fullback for the last half-hour of the game after Gerard Beale injured his left knee trying to prevent a Darius Boyd try and didn't look out of place at WIN Jubilee Oval.

The 28-year-old last played in the custodian role in 2006 for Sydney Roosters and said he'd have no problem doing it again against Wests Tigers next Sunday at the SCG having made the on-field decision to switch, allowing rookie half Josh Drinkwater to make his NRL debut.

"I enjoyed going back there and I'd play there again, I had to make less tackles," Soward said.

"I can also play nine, front row, wherever, just to try and help the team out.

"When Gerard went down I said `get me back there, get Josh on'.

"It was easier to put me back there than switch everything around.

"I think Pricey was thinking it, but I sent the trainer back to ask him so not to cut him out of the loop."

Soward's current deal expires at the end of the year and he's unsure if the club are willing to extend his six-year stint, with his manager Sam Ayoub still yet to thrash out an agreement.

"I am under no illusions, I am off contract and need to have a big year," he said.

"Hopefully something is sorted sooner rather than later so I can sort out my future.

"But at the moment I am busy planning a wedding and that takes up most of my time at home."

Soward also believes if he stays he can play a role in helping to nurture the Dragons up and coming stars.

"I'd love to stay, but I understand the club's position,"

"They have Kyle Stanley coming back next season, Josh Drinkwater is an up and coming player.

"The club need to look after themselves and I know that. I'd love to stay and I think I offer good support for the young blokes.

"I like to think I can do a job."

Beale is set to have scans on his knee this week and left the ground on crutches.

In Sunday's early game in Auckland, a second-half George Burgess try earned South Sydney a thrilling 24-22 win over the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium.

It was the Rabbitohs' fifth straight win and maintained their best start to a season since 1971 - which was the last time they won the premiership.

The performance of the Warriors was much improved but still consigned them to a fourth defeat in five games.


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