53 matches [2014-2016]
277 points [8 tries, 122 goals, 1 field goal]
Wagga Wagga born half who made his first grade debut for the Sydney Roosters in 2005, later going to the Dragons in 2007. After 143 matches for St. George Illawarra, including a premiership win in 2010, he signed with the Panthers early in the 2013 season for 2014. Before his arrival at Penrith, he was at the London Broncos in the English Super League after a mid-season release from the Dragons.
Soward made his club debut in inaugural Auckland Nines pre-season tournament, and then appeared in the opening round of the 2014 season at five-eighth. After missing the following match, he would not miss another match in 2014. By the middle of the season, he had assumed the club captaincy and also moved to halfback, leading an injury ravaged team to the top 4. In the opening week of the finals series, he firstly nailed a sideline conversion late in the second half to tie it up at 18-all and then with seconds remaining kicked a field goal to lead the Panthers to a 19-18 victory over minor premiers Sydney Roosters. He would also finish as the club’s top point scorer with 155 points.
He would himself be victim to an even bigger injury toll in 2015, restricting him to 16 appearances, and returned to the five-eighth position.
He played the first twelve matches of the 2016 season, alternating between five-eighth and halfback. However, he was then dropped to the NSW Cup based on form. Within a month, he had been released by the Panthers, and making a return to the London Broncos in the Super League. He would retire at the end of the season.
Since retirement, he has forged a career in the media, as a commentator and columnist, and also coaching being on the staff at the Dragons.
Last updated 27 November 2021