James Maloney (rugby league)

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James Maloney
James Maloney.jpg
Personal information
Born (1986-06-15) 15 June 1986 (age 32)
Orange, New South Wales, Australia
Height 176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 83 kg (13 st 1 lb)
Playing information
Position Five-eighth, Halfback

Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009 Melbourne Storm 4 0 0 0 0
2010–12 New Zealand Warriors 75 24 222 7 547
2013–15 Sydney Roosters 79 23 320 4 736
2016–17 Cronulla Sharks 45 11 165 6 380
2018– Penrith Panthers 17 2 53 3 117
Total 220 60 760 20 1780
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010 Prime Minister's XIII 1 0 1 0 2
2013–16 NSW Country 3 2 8 0 24
2013–18 New South Wales 12 2 21 0 50
2016–17 Australia 3 2 11 0 30
As of 4 March 2018
Source: [1]

James Maloney (born 15 June 1986) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who captains the Penrith Panthers in the National Rugby League. An Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin, Country Origin and Prime Minister's XIII representative, he primarily plays as a five-eighth but can also play at halfback. Maloney previously played for the Melbourne Storm, New Zealand Warriors, the Sydney Roosters with whom he won the 2013 NRL Premiership and the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks with whom he won the 2016 NRL Premiership.

Background

Born in Orange, New South Wales, Maloney played his junior football for the St Edwards Bears, Ourimbah Magpies and the North Sydney Bears.[2] Maloney's father, Brian Maloney, was a lock forward and captain coach of Orange CYMS in country New South Wales.[3]

Playing career

Early career

Maloney joined the Parramatta Eels in 2007 and helped the Wentworthville Magpies win the New South Wales Cup in 2008.[4] He was a member of the NSW Cup team of the year in 2008. Despite Maloney's good form in the NSW cup over these two seasons, he failed to break into first grade and instead signed with the Melbourne Storm for the 2009 season.

James Maloney playing for the Central Coast Storm

2009

In 2009, Maloney moved to Melbourne and played for the Central Coast Storm in the NSW Cup. In Round 5 of the 2009 NRL season, Maloney made his NRL debut for the Melbourne Storm against the Penrith Panthers, playing at five-eighth in the 16-14 win at Olympic Park.[5] Maloney represented the NSW Residents in 2009 against the Queensland Residents. Despite good form at both NSW Cup and NRL level, Maloney was restricted to just 4 matches in the top grade in the 2009 NRL season, rival clubs were lining up to give Maloney a better opportunity in first grade and by season's end on 7 August 2009, Maloney had signed a 3-year deal with the New Zealand Warriors beginning in 2010.[6][7]

2010

In Round 1 of the 2010 NRL season, Maloney made his club debut for the New Zealand Warriors against the Gold Coast Titans, playing at five-eighth in the 24-18 loss at Robina Stadium.[8] In Round 3 against the Brisbane Broncos, Maloney had an outstanding match by scoring a hattrick of tries that were his first NRL career tries and kicked 8 from 8 goals, finishing the match with 28 points in the 48-16 victory at Suncorp Stadium.[9] Maloney had a breakthrough 2010 NRL season, scoring 188 points with 10 tries, 73 goals and 2 field goals in 24 matches in his first full NRL campaign. It put him in contention for Dally M recognition and he was on the shortlist for the standoff of the year at the Rugby League International Federation's awards.[10] On 26 September 2010, Maloney made his representative debut, playing for Prime Minister's XIII to play Papua New Guinea playing at five-eighth and kicking 1 goal in the 30-18 win at Port Moresby.[11]

2011

Maloney had an exceptional year for the Warriors where he helped his team make it into the 2011 NRL Grand Final against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, even though they fell short losing 24-10, Maloney kicked 1 goal in the match.[12] Maloney finished the 2011 NRL season being the Warriors highest point scorer with 206 points, scoring 10 tries, kicking 82 goals and kicking 2 field goals in all of the 27 matches. On 28 November 2011, Maloney announced that he signed a 3-year deal with the Sydney Roosters, starting from the 2013 season.[13][14]

2012

Maloney finished his last year with the New Zealand Warriors with him being the club’s highest point scorer with 153 points, scoring 4 tries, kicking 67 goals and kicking 3 field goals in all of the 24 matches.

2013

Maloney with a strong run V Warriors, 2014

In Round 1 of the 2013 NRL season, Maloney made his club debut for the Sydney Roosters against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, scoring a try and kicking a goal in the 28-10 loss at Sydney Football Stadium.[15] On 21 April 2013, Maloney played for Country Origin against City Origin, playing at five-eighth in the 18-12 win at Coffs Harbour.[16] On 5 June 2013, Maloney made his State of Origin debut for New South Wales against Queensland in Game 1 of the series alongside his Roosters halves partner Mitchell Pearce, playing at five-eighth and kicking 3 goals in the 14-6 win at ANZ Stadium.[17][18] Maloney would play in all 3 matches in the 2013 State of Origin series for the Blues in their 2-1 series loss. In Round 25 against the Gold Coast Titans, Maloney played his 100th NRL career match in the 30-22 loss at Sydney Football Stadium.[19][20] In Round 26 against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, The Roosters won the minor premiership with Maloney playing a key role by scoring 2 tries and kicking 4 goals in their triumphant 24-12 at ANZ Stadium.[21] On 6 October 2013, Maloney starred for the Roosters in the 2013 NRL Grand Final against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, setting up two tries with the boot, and kicking 5 goals in the 26-18 victory and winning his maiden NRL title.[22][23] Maloney was the NRL's top points scorer for 2013 NRL season with 252 points, by scoring 9 tries and kicking 108 goals in 25 matches for the Roosters.

2014

Even though Maloney would play no representative matches for the year, he led the Roosters to get their second Minor Premiership in a row.[24] Maloney finished the 2014 NRL season with him playing in all of the Roosters 27 matches, scored 5 tries, kicked 106 goals and kicked 2 field goals, being tied with Dally M winner Johnathan Thurston as being the NRL’s competitions highest point scorer with 234 points.

2015

In January 2015, Maloney was named in the Roosters 2015 NRL Auckland Nines squad.[25] On 3 May 2015, Maloney played for Country Origin against City Origin, playing at five-eighth and kicking 5 goals in the 34-22 win at Wagga Wagga.[26] On 18 June 2015, Maloney announced that he signed a 2-year deal with Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, starting from 2016.[27][28] In Round 21 against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Maloney played his 150th NRL career match in the 38-28 win at Sydney Football Stadium.[29] The Roosters would go on to win their third Minor Premiership in a row and Maloney would again be the NRL competition’s highest points scorer with 250 points, scoring 9 tries, kicking 106 goals and kicking 2 field goals while playing in all of the 27 matches in his last year with the Roosters in the 2015 NRL season.

2016

In Round 1 of the 2016 NRL season, Maloney made his club debut for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks against the North Queensland Cowboys, playing at five-eighth and kicking 3 goals in the 20-14 loss at 1300SMILES Stadium.[30] In Round 5 against the Wests Tigers, Maloney scored his first club try for the Sharks even as well kicking 7 goals in the 34-26 victory at Campbelltown Stadium.[31] On 8 May 2016, Maloney played for Country Origin against City Origin, playing at five-eighth and scoring 2 tries in the 44-30 loss at Dubbo.[32] Maloney’s great form throughout the early rounds would land him a recall for New South Wales for the 2016 State of Origin series. In Game 2 at Suncorp Stadium, Maloney scored his first try in a Blues jersey in the series losing 26-16 defeat.[33] Maloney played in all 3 matches for Blues, scored 1 and kicked 3 goals in the 2-1 series loss. As the season went along, Maloney helped the Sharks charge into the Finals, aiming to break their 49-year premiership drought.[34] In the Sharks important Preliminary Finals match against the last year premiers the North Queensland Cowboys, Maloney had an exceptional match, scoring 2 tries and kicking 6 goals in the Sharks triumphant 32-20 win at Sydney Football Stadium, booking the Sharks a spot in the big decider into the next week.[35] On 28 September 2016, Maloney was named as the Dally M five eighth of the year.[36] On 2 October 2016, Maloney played at five-eighth in the Sharks 2016 NRL Grand Final match against the Melbourne Storm, kicking 3 goals in the Sharks historical 14-12 victory, winning their first ever premiership since entering the competition in 1967.[37][38] Maloney finished his successful 2016 NRL season with him playing in 25 matches, scoring 7 tries, kicking 94 goals and kicking 3 field goals, being the Sharks highest point scorer with 219 points. Two days after the massive victory, on 4 October 2016, Maloney was rewarded for his great year for the Sharks by being selected in Mal Meninga’s Australian 24-man squad for the 2016 Four Nations.[39] On 28 October 2016, Maloney made his international debut for Australia against Scotland, playing at five-eighth, scoring 1 try and kicking 7 goals in the smashing 54-12 win at Craven Park in Hull.[40] Maloney would only play in 2 matches in the tournament, with 1 try and 7 goals.

2017

Maloney was selected play for New South Wales for the 2017 State of Origin series, playing at five-eighth in all 3 matches, scoring 1 try and kicking 7 goals in the 2-1 series loss.[41] In Round 24 against the North Queensland Cowboys, Maloney played his 200th NRL career match in the 26-16 win at 1300SMILES Stadium.[42] Maloney finished the 2017 NRL season, again being the Sharks highest point scorer with him, scoring 4 tries, kicking 71 goals and kicking 3 goals in 20 matches. On 2 October 2017, Maloney was selected in the 24-man squad for Australia for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.[43] Maloney would only play in 1 match in the tournament which was against Lebanon, where he played at five-eighth, scored a try and kicked 4 goals in the 34-0 win at Sydney Football Stadium.[44] In November 2017, rumours were flying around that Maloney was set to take a player swap deal with Matt Moylan from the Penrith Panthers to join their respective clubs on 3-year deals.[45] A month later on 3 December 2017, it was announced that Maloney signed the 3-year deal with the Penrith Panthers, worth $2.4 million and Matt Moylan was released from his contract to join the Sharks in the player swap deal.[46][47]

2018

In Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season, Maloney made his club debut for his 5th club the Penrith Panthers against the Parramatta Eels, playing at five-eighth in the 24-14 win at Penrith Stadium.[48] In Round 3 against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Maloney scored his first club try for the Panthers in their 20-18 loss at ANZ Stadium.[49] Later that year, Maloney was selected to play Five Eighth for NSW for all three games where they won the series 2-1, the first since 2014.

Statistics

Season Team Pld T G G% FG P
2009 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 4 0
2010 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 10 73/97 75.26% 2 188
2011 27 10 82/110 74.55% 2 206
2012 24 4 67/88 76.14% 3 153
2013 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 25 9 108/124 87.10% 252
2014 27 5 106/127 83.46% 2 234
2015 27 9 106/128 82.81% 2 250
2016 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 25 7 94/121 77.69% 3 219
2017 20 4 71/81 87.65% 3 161
2018 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers 4 2 9/9 100% 1 27
Overall 203 58 707/876 80.71% 17 1,663

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External links

  • Penrith Panthers profile
  • Melbourne Storm profile
  • NRL profile
  • 2017 RLWC profile
  • 2009 NSW Residents Team Announced
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