James Maloney

The Penrith Panthers have confirmed the signing of representative playmaker James Maloney until at least the end of the 2020 season.

The 31-year-old has achieved 203 NRL appearances along with nine State of Origin games for NSW and four Tests for the Kangaroos.

“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.

“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,” Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould AM said.

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“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.”

Penrith Panthers 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains
Caleb Aekins (2020), Christian Crichton (2021), Adam Keighran (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2020), James Maloney (Cronulla Sharks, 2020), Liam Martin (2021), Chad O'Donnell (2018), Joey Peato (2018), Tyrone Phillips (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2019), Paea Pua (2019), Maika Sivo (2020), Jayden Walker (Cronulla Sharks, 2018)
2018 Losses
Sitaleki Akauola (Warrington Wolves), Bryce Cartwright (Gold Coast Titans), Zach Dockar-Clay (Hull Kingston Rovers), Peta Hiku (New Zealand Warriors), Samisoni Langi (Catalan Dragons), Leilani Latu (Gold Coast Titans), Te Maire Martin (North Queensland Cowboys), Matt Moylan (Cronulla Sharks), Darren Nicholls (St George Illawarra Dragons), Michael Oldfield (Canberra Raiders), Mitch Rein (Gold Coast Titans), Malakai Watene-Zelezniak (Wests Tigers)
Wayde Egan (2019), Corey Harawira-Naera (2022), Sione Katoa (2019), Viliame Kikau (2022), Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (2020), Dean Whare (2022)
Off Contract 2019
Jed Cartwright, Wayde Egan, Tim Grant, Sione Katoa, Sam McKendry, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak


  1. I know who I’d prefer to have as my 5/8 between Maloney and Moylan…..sorry Gus you made the wrong call (again)

    • Well 2041 I’m sorry to say but it is that kind of thinking which is reflective of why you are the postcode of a sadly now football club (Balmain).

      Maloney brings with him success, structure and consistency, while Moylan brings egocentric distractions and a temperamental petulance that has as much to do with his inconsistent form as a player as it has to do with his discontentment at the club. Youth rarely trumps experience but there are a few exceptions, certainly in the case of Nathan Cleary, Ash Taylor and Angus Crichton. But not so in the case of Moylan vs Maloney (and especially given the recent “toxic” history between Moylan and the Panthers). This is one of the few Gus has actually gotten right IMO.

      I’m not saying you aren’t entitled to your opinion but it seems pretty obvious Moylan wanted out and following his record at the end of 2017 when he first went MIA and then went AWOL (albeit with “permission”), it was clear Moylan was no longer interested in making an effort. Given the circumstances the Panthers made possibly the most important signing of 2018 just shading Cronk to the Roosters. I have no doubt this will be confirmed during 2018 as Maloney brings to the Panthers what he brought to the Warriors, the Roosters and the Sharks (success and if not a premiership then at least a GF appearance), if not in 2018 then by 2019 at the very least.

  2. 1) Edwards
    2) Mansour
    3) Blake/Whare
    4) Peachey
    5) Watene-Zelezniak
    6) Maloney
    7) Cleary (gk)
    8) Tamou
    9) Wallace (c)
    10) Campbell-Gillard
    11) Yeo
    12) Cartwright
    13) Merrin

    14) Kikau (prop)
    15) Fisher-Harris (second row)
    16) Leota (prop)
    17) Harawira-Naera (second row)

  3. Id have Maloney anytime …
    Not wanted at the storm goes to the warriors and takes them to a gf.
    Cant get the contract terms at warriors goes easts and gets a GF win.
    Same same at Sharkies.

    I back the Panthers for a top 4 finish…

    • Loss v gains I think the Panthers have lost a bit but Maloney is a champion and always puts in 100% so think they will go OK top 8 but not top 4. Sharks got the better end of the deal as Maloney is already 31. Hate looking at Maloney in those colours but.

      • I’m not convinced you are right, not yet anyway. Moylan has come across as a spoilt brat recently at Penrith who couldn’t handle the fact that he wasn’t “the man” anymore. This is a bloke that couldn’t even commit to the rehab on his injury to get back on the field and help his mates.

        Don’t get me wrong, if Moylan lives up his potential, then yes the Sharks will have the best of this deal, longevity wise, but he is 26 and has been playing first grade for a number of years, and there is only so long he can live off his potential.

        • For Moylan there he will have to have a healthy respect for Flanno as he doesn’t mince his words . .

          “Do or do not – there is no try”, for Moylan

        • >>> NERD ALERT! <<<

          pedro, “Do or do not – there is no try”? I never took you for a Star Wars fan mate. Nicely done, you used the force well on that one. Frankly of the ZT Jedi council members I always saw chalky as Yoda, tommy as Mace Windu and you more as Ki-Adiu-Mundi. Bahahahahahahaha (OK, Qui-Gon Jinn then at least). 😉

    • @ pedro

      “I back the Panthers for a top 4 finish”

      Definitely. They could possibly go all the way. I’m tipping that Maloney will outperform Cronk for the difference each will make to their new teams on field performance. To be fair to Cronk though he has to carry Keary who needed to ride on Pearce’s running game to lift his own game. Maloney will have Cleary as an equal and willing partner who will improve in leaps and bounce and find a new gear with Maloney as his halves partner. Definitely the next halves pairing for NSW SOO.

      • I sort of thought Moylan looks a bit like Luke …as for Maloney he is the perfect old brain for Cleary to get some growth in his kicking game…

        • Absolutely! Cleary will be a different player by the end of 2018 and NSW SOO will have their next long term HB.

  4. NSW halves combination set! Wonder what this signing means for talented juniors like Blore and Luai? Wouldn’t be surprised if both find new clubs in the coming months, I wouldve let May walk even with his talents (and injury) and develop Blore who’s a gun. Luai is a gun too but needs time, I reckon Blore has the most potential out of the three.

    • Hell he’s only probably got another 2 years in him, that’s why Maloney swap for Moylan was good for the Sharks.

      • So you are happy to trade 2 years of success on a temperamental talent that is just as likely to go MIA when playing as he is to go AWOL when he is unhappy? And you think that the Sharks have the better side of that deal?

        Not sure that I can agree but I understand your only only option is to try and turn your lemon into lemonade so best of luck. 👍 😉

  5. Maloney will bring a Prem to pennies before Cooper brings one to the chicken hawks ! Cooper looked spent during WC , and whilst cooper off field is very valuable in field Maloney will do better ,


    Things just got interesting. It’s game on you “slippery eels”. Paul Kent is onto you. Watch how it all snowballs from here.

    ‘The whole thing stinks’: Hayne deal under fire

    “To be honest, I think the whole thing stinks. I think there’s a smell about this,” Kent said.

    “I don’t see how the NRL can justify Jarryd Hayne taking a $1.2 million deal, walking out on it and being allowed to get under the cap at Parramatta for $500,000.

    “The NRL, I’ve spoken to them today about it, they’ve argued that’s what Jarryd’s current market value is, but how do you establish that?

    “The fact is, he hasn’t gone to market and if you try to sign any other player in the NRL and try to take $700,000 off his contract price, I don’t think the NRL would register it.”

    “Look, I could start spouting a dozen conspiracy theories here but until someone gets some clarification from the NRL and some explanation, I think we’re entitled to ask a few questions.”


    I never realised Kent read ZT! I guess someone liked MY side of the argument “3 amigos!” Bahahahahahahahahaha

    • “…the NRL might bend the rules to help the Titans and Parramatta get the controversial deal through without fuss.” – Paul Kent

      Oh dear! Someone got caught with their hand in the cookie jar. Bahahahahahahahaha

      • So in a nutshell the argument is something like:

        If I bought a car for $20K 4 years ago and am still under that original contract to pay it off (same repayments based on the original price), it’s still worth $20K today (that is still its market value)? If that’s your argument, you and Paul are right. If however we look at an actual definition of market value, being something like:

        “the amount for which something can be sold on a given market, and today is that given day, well that’s a whole different value.

        If the NRL can’t understand the difference, “Houston, we have a problem”

        • “So in a nutshell the argument is something like…”

          What are you doing in a nutshell mighty? Why do you need to hide in a nutshell to debate this?

          “”Help! I’m in a nutshell! How did I get into this bloody great big nutshell? What kind of shell has a nut like this?” – Austin Powers… ah, thank you!

          I am going to nickname you “The Octopus” mighty, because of your ability to camouflage yourself and hide from the truth and when cornered in an argument you eject a thick black cloud of ink (or bogus analogies and irrelevant truths) to divert your pursuer from the real issue at hand.

          Careful mighty, Greeks love their calamari and there is an “angry eagle” circling looking for a feed.

        • “In a nutshell” means without writing a novel, keeping it simple.

          Until you can understand, and practically apply the concept of “fair market value”, I will go into “hiding” on this issue, and let’s just wait and see how the NRL interpret it in relation to the Hayne situation.

        • Mighty! Just like an Octopus to squirt ink all over my punchline.

          “With friends like you, who needs enemas?” – Charles Ossining

  7. I’m 100% behind you on this, it stinks, Bronco’s have got away with it and now Parra as well, where is the consistency from the NRL in valuing players worth on the salary cap, i’m not bashing Parra in any way , but it needs to be fair.

    • Don’t forget the chooks mate with Tedesco and Cronk already in the boat and now they have lines in the water for Crichton. Clearly the chooks don’t believe in sustainable fishing or catch and release… or was that what happened to Pearce? Bahahahahahahahahaha

      • Don’t get me started on Easts , they did catch and release Crichton but now want him back, why didn’t they just have the patience to see how good he could have become, nah Easts have never displayed patience, just pick the eye’s out of every clubs roster and juniors and buy a comp, there attitude is stuff loyalty in league, that club IS the reason why loyalty has gone and don’t insult my intelligence by saying Polite’s wanted Pearce to stay, he knew right from the start he would walk away he just tried to be the sincere guy, YEAH RIGHT, the pressure will be right on that low life club next year and hopefully they f.uck up.

        • Crichton situation is similar to the Moses to eels one. Although I do believe he has become a better footballer at Parra, why tell him he’s too small and never going to make the NRL, release him in your juniors just to want him back again after another club has developed him. It was unfair at the time and I can only feel for the Rabbitoh fans hoping Crichton doesn’t leave. Also agree on Roosters taking everyone’s juniors, Nat Butcher was an talented Rabbitohs junior and look where he ended up.

        • It was 4 South Sydney juniors not just 1.

          October 31, 2016 – 11:09 am

          According to SSDJRFL, this agreement was broken upon the Roosters’ signing of four former South Sydney juniors – Egan Butcher, Grant Garvey, Paul Momirovski and Easts’ under 20s captain Nat Butcher.


          SSTID_1970 November 6, 2017 at 9:12 pm
          Crichton was born in Temora grew up in Milvale and played his junior football for the Young Cherrypickers. He then switched from RL to Rugby Union and played for Scots College. This is located within the Roosters boundary but it does not make him a Roosters junior as he was playing Rugby Union.

          “Rabbitohs sign Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union Player Angus Crichton for Two Years”

          Originally from Young in country New South Wales, Crichton also spent time “training” (not playing) with the Roosters’ under 18s and under 20s in recent seasons, but he sees his future in the red and green of the Rabbitohs.


          Sport Confidential: Rabbitohs steal rising rugby star

          “what really caught South Sydney talent scouts eyes’ was the FOUR games Crichton starred in for the Sydney Roosters SG Ball side earlier this year.”

          “I got injured last year and was out for three months and so I decided to email the Roosters to ask if I could do their pre-season training with them,” Crichton said.

          “They very kindly took me in and then I ended up playing FOUR games for them in the under 18s before I had to go back and play rugby union. They ended up winning the comp.”


          So 4 games in SG Ball (under 18’s) as a thank to the Roosters you for allowing him to train with them while out injured from Rugby Union does not make him a Roosters junior. He was a “visitor with privileges”. Bahahahahahahahaha

        • tigers – that scenario happens all the time, so please explain why its unfair?
          Look at Thurston, a prime example of being told he was too small by the dogs and then going on to bigger and better things elsewhere.
          There are so many examples around – one recruiter will see something that another wont its the way of the world.

        • I didn’t say it was unfair? I’m just saying it’s similar to Crichtons situation. What’s the point in releasing a player cause you have no patience in developing them or see no potential just to want them back again because another club has developed them into something yous never saw coming.

        • @ WTN

          “it’s similar to Crichtons situation”

          No! But ZT has blocked my post.

          “I got injured last year and was out for three months and so I decided to email the Roosters to ask if I could do their pre-season training with them,” Crichton said.

          “They very kindly took me in and then I ended up playing FOUR games for them in the under 18s before I had to go back and play rugby union. They ended up winning the comp.”

          URL to follow when the above post is cleared.

          To post the conclusion…

          Just 4 games in SG Ball (under 18’s) as a thank to the Roosters you for allowing him to train with them while out injured from Rugby Union does not make him a Roosters junior. He was a “visitor with privileges”. Bahahahahahahahaha

        • @WTN

          “What’s the point in releasing a player cause you have no patience in developing them or see no potential just to want them back again because another club has developed them into something yous never saw coming.”

          You have answered your own question there mate. Take the Moses one, so maybe the Eels staff at the time didn’t see him making it as he was too small and a speed bump in defence, he wasn’t signed and you guys took him. Now BA has seen some potential in him and believed he could fix his defensive deficiencies, so he went after him. no one can predict the future mate, what do you expect, that teams will ignore current form of players they let go simply because someone else gave them a shot? It is a results driven business, and most decisions are made on what is good for the team now (or maybe next season). As much as coaches like to say they are thinking of the future, the reality is that they can’t afford to think to far ahead at the expense of now, or they will be soon out of the job.

        • Thanks Zero Tackle for FINALLY releasing this post:

          SSTID_1970 December 4, 2017 at 8:25 pm
          It was 4 South Sydney juniors not just 1…

          It only took 48 hours and enough time until the story was end of life (EOL) so it got missed all together!


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