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Veteran Soward retires from rugby league

AAP logoAAP 7/11/2016

Former St George Illawarra and Penrith playmaker Jamie Soward has called time on his rugby league career.

The 31-year-old played 215 games in his 12 NRL seasons - the bulk with the Dragons where he played five-eighth in their 2010 premiership side.

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

"I couldn't have wished for more in my career.

"Next chapter to start ASAP. Looking for work."

Soward, who represented NSW in three State of Origin games in 2011, was released by his third NRL club Penrith mid-year after being dropped to reserve grade.

Rising star Nathan Cleary took his place, Soward unable to force his way back before a short second stint with English second-tier team London Broncos.

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.

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