Jason Nightingale has told News Limited that he expects some of his team mates to try and get under the skin of Jamie Soward when he runs out for Penrith against the St George/Illawarra Dragons for the first time.
While Nightingale said he has no problems at all with Soward, you get the feeling some of his team mates might.
Soward is slowly working his way back towards the form he was in when he led the Dragons to a Premiership in 2010. His move, while questioned by many, including myself when it happened, is proving to be a success so far this season.
The Penrith Panthers sit atop of the NRL ladder heading into this weekend while the Dragons sit all the way down in 13th place on the ladder.
After winning last weekend you can understand why the Dragons would finally feel confident. It might not be the right time to start talking themselves up however as they play the current competition leaders.
For all of the pressure Jamie Soward was under at the Dragons he did manage to lead the club to a Premiership. When he left the club mid way through last season the Dragons didn’t get any better. In 2014 the club has struggled with its halves combination with Gareth Widdop not finding a permanent halves partner until the club bought an out of form Benji Marshall back from Rugby Union.
Having just sacked their coach a couple of weeks ago, the Dragons have a long way to go before they can consider themselves a Premiership threat again. In the meantime Jamie Soward is once again one of the key players in a team leading the competition.
It makes you think that maybe the Dragons should keep their mouths shut on the weekend and concentrate on trying to win just their 6th game of the season.