Panthers confirms James Maloney signing until end of 2020

On board: James Maloney has signed with the Penrith Panthers until at least the end of the 2020 season.
On board: James Maloney has signed with the Penrith Panthers until at least the end of the 2020 season.

Playmaker James Maloney has signed with the Penrith Panthers until at least the end of the 2020 season, the club has confirmed.

In what Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould described as an exciting acquisition for the club, the 31-year-old Origin and Kangaroos representative will commence pre-season training with Panthers in January.

“Panthers has the roster and the resources to achieve success over the coming years and I’m really excited to now be part of that,” Maloney said in a statement released by the club today [Monday].

“The squad has a strong forward pack for me to play behind, plus some young and talented players coming through in the outside backs.”

After making his NRL debut for Melbourne in 2009, Maloney joined New Zealand Warriors and led them to the NRL Grand Final in 2011.

It was during his stint in Auckland that Maloney first met current Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary.

“I’ve actually known Nathan for a long time because he was my ballboy at the Warriors,” Maloney said.

“I’m looking forward to playing alongside him and hopefully helping him take his game to the next level.”

Success followed Maloney to Sydney Roosters, where he won the premiership in 2013, and three years later he guided Cronulla Sharks to the club’s first-ever premiership title.

“James Maloney is an exciting acquisition for Panthers,” Gould said.

“He has regularly succeeded at the highest levels of our game and brings a wealth of experience.

“It’s a real vote of confidence in the potential of our club that James has chosen to play with Panthers.

“We are truly delighted to welcome him to Penrith.”