London Broncos have confirmed the return of Jamie Soward having re-signed with the club for the remainder of the season, subject to visa.
The 31-year-old playmaker had a brief spell with the Broncos in June 2013, making nine appearances for the club before returning to Penrith Panthers in the NRL.
Soward scored five tries and 24 goals in his brief spell with the club, quickly becoming a fans’ favourites.
“I’m thrilled to be returning to the Broncos and pulling on the number 33 jersey again,” commented Soward, who isn’t expected to arrive in the country for at least two weeks.
“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.”
Head coach Andrew Henserson added: “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.”