South Sydney Rabbitohs chief executive Shane Richardson met New Zealand Warriors star James Maloney and his manager Wayne Beavis at the Woollahra establishment on Monday afternoon.
Souths are one of seven clubs to show interest in Maloney, who will play with the New Zealand Warriors next year before becoming a free agent in 2013.
The Rabbitohs appear to be favourites to sign Maloney, who has emerged from fringe first grader to one of the game’s top-tier players.
Souths will start next season with young Adam Reynolds at halfback alongside John Sutton after Chris Sandow walked away and signed with rivals Parramatta.
Maloney would give Souths creativity and he can also kick goals.
“We had a meeting with James Maloney,” Richardson said. “We were, of course, talking about 2013.
“There are several clubs looking at him and we’d like to think we are one. He is a good kid who can play six or seven, so he gives you a lot of options.
“We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”