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Roosters 'don't regret releasing Soward'

By Ian McCullough 04/07/2009 12:05:16 PM Comments (0)

Sydney Roosters skipper Craig Fitzgibbon says the club are not kicking themselves about releasing Jamie Soward to St George Illawarra in 2007.

Soward has scored four tries in two games against his former team this season and was once again their tormentor in chief on Friday as the Dragons sealed a 34-12 NRL victory at WIN Jubilee Oval.

Despite this form, Fitzgibbon said the decision to allow Soward to leave midway through the 2007 campaign, having played just 22 first grade games, was sound, but admitted he always thought the 24-year-old five-eighth would fulfil the potential he showed as a junior.

"When he was with us we were struggling and he is not the sort of player who is going to go well when you are struggling," Fitzgibbon said.

"But if your team is going good he has that knack of scoring tries from anywhere.

"I think with us at that time it was always going to be hard to show his true potential, but now he is in a team that is coming first he is showing that potential.

"When you are down and out, as we were at the time, the sort of flamboyant player he is he may be able to jag a try for us but we were just trying to grind our way out of a hole.

"You could always see he had something but we had Mitchell (Pearce) at the time and we are certainly not kicking ourselves because we have him instead of Jamie."

Roosters coach Brad Fittler said he was pleased to see to see Soward doing so well at the Dragons, but admitted it was tough watching him do so well against his side.

"I am disappointed that he plays good against us, but he is a good kid and it is great to see a kid reaching his potential," Fittler said.

"I think everyone at the club saw what they are seeing now, but not so consistently he is making real good decisions and is going really well."

"As a half when your side is going well when you are kicking the ball and holding onto the ball you tend to play better, but he is going real good."

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