Jamie Soward is dreaming of coaching in New York
Jamie Soward is dreaming of coaching in New York DAN HIMBRECHTS

Soward wants to coach in New York

RUGBY LEAGUE: Former NRL player Jamie Soward wants to coach New York's first professional rugby league team.

And if he can't land the main gig, he wants to help "pioneer" the venture in some way.

Soward told foxsports. com.au of his ambitious plan to take the reins of the American franchise, which is gunning to join England's Championship for the 2019 season.

South Sydney premiership winner Sam Burgess said on Tuesday he would consider leaving Australia to represent the New York team.

The franchise also revealed interest in luring Jarryd Hayne back to the US as its marquee star.

"Being a part of and pioneering some of Australia's best players to New York City is something that intrigues me," Soward said.

"I've had a few talks with some people over there. Whether they want to go with an untested coach is probably not their line of thinking, but it's exciting times and puts the

pressure back on the NRL in a way.

"I know [English coach and player] Brian Noble was very influential in the Toronto [Wolfpack] side of things, so they probably want a big name to go over and drum up publicity.

"Coaching, you probably need a bit of life experience. You're dealing with 20-year- olds who are going through stuff I've only just been through myself.

"Being on a coaching staff who may need someone just out of the game is something that intrigues me."

Soward played 215 NRL games, won a premiership

in 2010 and represented


He finished his career in England after being cut by Penrith mid-2016.