St George Illawarra star Jamie Soward is re-inventing himself.
After a disappointing season last year St George Illawarra playmaker Jamie Soward has turned to religion and is considering a move to Japan as he tries to revitalize his playing form reports The Daily Telegraph.
With his marriage to fiance Emma fast approaching Soward was drawn to the Catholic church during the off-season taking on Peter as his confirmation name.
The 28-year-old is known in the NRL as being an intense competitor who is not afraid to get under another rival player’s skin, so his recent Catholic conversion may come as a surprise to many players and fans alike.
The five-eighth is confident that despite his reputation players and fans will respect that while he plays competitively he is a committed Catholic when off the field.
“It’s definitely a side of me that people haven’t seen,” Soward said.
“I may act differently on the field, but people might respect me that off the field I’m a responsible Catholic.
Sowards performance last season was a disappointing period which even saw the former NSW Blues representative relegated to the NSW Cup for a week stint.
As he attempts a fresh start to the 2013 season Soward admits that after receiving offers from Japanese clubs he has considered making the swap.
“Japanese rugby appeals to that side of me. You want to win and prove you are a winner. I’ve won comps before and there’s that appeal of challenging myself.