GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 11: James Maloney of the Panthers walks out for the round 22 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Penrith Panthers at Cbus Super Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

James Maloney could end his contract with Penrith a year early to join a Super League team.

Maloney expects to see out the remainder of his contract which is valid until the end of 2020, but has an ambition to play the final years of his career in England and could be persuaded to end his contract early if the right deal was made.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’ve got every intention of seeing out my contract at Penrith, then play a few years in the Super League. That’s always been the plan,” Maloney told The Sydney Morning Herald.

The re-signing of Jarome Luai until the end of 2021 has given Maloney confidence the Panthers have prepared his replacement for when he does depart the club.

“Jarome Luai is there and he’s re-signed with the club, and he’ll be there to take over, but I’m sure he also re-signed knowing I’ve got two more years on my contract,” Maloney told The Sydney Morning Herald.

“From my perspective, I’m here for two years, as far as I know the club want me for another two years, and the only thing that would bring a call forward was if for some reason I thought the body was getting knocked around too much.”


  1. He’s honestly too good for the Super League but in saying that, imagine how dominant he could be over there? Hopefully he stays in Australia

  2. He is a good player no doubt and will do well over there but do not under estimate the pommy clubs. They have some good players over there as Canberra has started to discover.

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