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Soward returns to Dragons in consultancy role

St George Illawarra 2010 premiership-winning playmaker Jamie Soward will return to the Dragons in a kicking coach capacity ahead of the club's 2021 NRL Telstra Premiership campaign.

Soward's consultancy role follows the recent finalisation of the Dragons' 2021 football department, including Matt Elliott and Peter Gentle as assistants to incoming head coach Anthony Griffin and the introduction of Dragons Academy.

Soward played 140 NRL games for the Dragons between 2007 and 2013, and remains the club's leading pointscorer to this day (977 – 39 tries, 398 goals and 25 field goals).

"I'm extremely excited to return to the Dragons after a number of years away from the club," Soward said.

"It's a proud moment and great opportunity for me to be able to work alongside such a high quality squad.

"The Dragons have always held a special part in my heart and I'm looking forward to making more memories in my new role at the Red V."

Dragons general manager of football Ben Haran explained the rationale behind Soward's return to the club.

"We are delighted that Jamie has agreed to return to the club, given his experience as a former Dragons premiership winner and New South Wales Origin representative," Haran said.

"Jamie's focus will be centred on kicking, whether to help develop individual kicking games or instil best practice techniques as far as goal kicking is concerned, among a vast number of other aspects.

"The relationship that Jamie and Anthony Griffin established during their time at the Penrith Panthers together was another positive factor considered when making this appointment.

"We will now continue to explore a number of different consultancy options to further complement the club's 2021 program."