Soward hits back at injury slurs
St George Illawarra five-eighth Jamie Soward has slammed claims he’s been faking injury as an excuse for his poor NRL form and said he hopes to be fit to face Sydney Roosters on Friday night.
Soward has missed the Dragons’ last two games due to a back injury and the former NSW playmaker said rumours that he’d been dropped were wide of the mark.
“You can ring my fiancee and ask her if there is a problem,” Soward said.
“This is the sort of club to say a player’s been dropped due to poor form and I am not the kind of bloke to fake injury because I am not in the team.
“If I am not good enough to be in the team it is because I am not good enough.
“People drawing links between me not having a sore back and not being in the team is pretty funny.
“If I am not in the team due to poor form then that is fair enough, that is rugby league.”
Soward also hit back at comments the current Dragons side is too old and that his form has been one of the reasons for the team’s inconsistent season, which could see them potentially miss out on the finals should they lose to the Roosters on Friday.
“My form’s been good, I’ve had some nice touches,” he said.
“It’s no `09 form, but as a team we’re not where we were, everyone’s form has taken a dip.
“You look at teams like the Bulldogs, are they playing like they did last year? Every team’s form changes.
“I’ve won a premiership, I have played Origin, it is a pretty fair resume to have.”© AAP 2013