Warriors playmaker James Maloney might have gone from fringe first-grader to starting half in little more than a year and just been re-signed by the club but coach Ivan Cleary still believes his young rising star is very much a work in progress.
The nuggety 24-year-old linked up with the Warriors last year, having played just four matches for the Melbourne Storm.
He was something of an unknown quantity at the time but quickly established himself at first-grade level, eventually going on to play in 24 of the club’s 25 matches last year.
Last week, the Warriors informed Maloney they were exercising an option in his contract.
It will see him remain in Auckland for at least another season and would suggest the New South Welshman has a big future at the club.