There were a few things reportedly holding the deal up from being finalised but now that all is set in stone, the Penrith Panthers have confirmed the signing of James Maloney on a three-year deal.
The new deal will see Maloney don the Penrith colours until the end of the 2020 season, as the play-maker looks to add to his 203 NRL games played to date.
As a club who has sought to build a talented squad based on smart recruitment and the retention of their talented juniors, Maloney is looking forward to joining the Penrith ranks.
“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.”
Maloney and current Penrith halfback Nathan Cleary go way back, with the young play-maker the ballboy at the Warriors when Maloney was a player there.
Fast forward to the present day and Maloney looks forward to playing alongside the highly-touted halfback.
“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.”
With two premierships to his name at the Sydney Roosters in 2013 and the Cronulla Sharks in 2016, the club is aware of his experience, his big-game smarts and his ability to perform consistently.
“James Maloney is an exciting acquisition for Panthers,” Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould AM said.
“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.”