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.
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.”