Jamie Soward has announced his retirement.
Jamie Soward has announced his retirement. BRENDAN ESPOSITO

Soward calls time on league career

FORMER NSW Origin player Jamie Soward has retired after 215 NRL games with the Roosters, St George Illawarra and Penrith.

The 31-year-old, who played five-eighth in the Dragons' 2010 premiership win, headed to the English Super League after the Panthers dropped him midyear for rising star Nathan Cleary.

He played seven games for the London Broncos this year, but decided to call it quits on his football career.

"Thanks for having me in the game,” Soward wrote on Twitter.

"I couldn't have wished for more in my career. Next chapter to start ASAP. Looking for work.”

Soward, a three-time Indigenous All-Star, was labelled as the the Panthers' marquee signing when he moved to the foot of the mountains ahead of the 2014 season.

Panthers general manager Phil Gould has previously said he would welcome Soward back to the club in a coaching role should he want to transition his career down that path.