|Full name||James Maloney|
|Born||15 June 1986|
Orange, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.76 m)|
|Weight||13 st 1 lb (83 kg)|
As of 16 May 2023
A five-eighth or halfback, Maloney also previously played for the Melbourne Storm, New Zealand Warriors, Sydney Roosters, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and the Penrith Panthers in the NRL, the Catalans Dragons in the Betfred Super League and FC Lezignan XIII in the Elite One Championship. He won the 2013 NRL Grand Final with the Roosters and the 2016 NRL Grand Final with the Sharks.
Coming down from the Central Coast, Maloney first trialled with North Sydney Bears, playing with them in 2006. He then joined the Parramatta Eels in 2007 and helped the Wentworthville Magpies win the New South Wales Cup in 2008. 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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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. On 21 April 2013, Maloney played for Country Origin against City Origin, playing at five-eighth in the 18–12 win at Coffs Harbour. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Even though Maloney would play no representative matches for the year, he led the Roosters to get their second Minor Premiership in a row. 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.
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. On 18 June 2015, Maloney announced that he signed a 2-year deal with Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, starting from 2016. In Round 21 against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Maloney played his 150th NRL career match in the 38–28 win at Sydney Football Stadium. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. On 28 September 2016, Maloney was named as the Dally M five eighth of the year. On 2 October 2016, Maloney played at five-eighth in the Sharks 2016 NRL Grand Final 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. 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. 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. Maloney would only play in 2 matches in the tournament, with 1 try and 7 goals.
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. In Round 24 against the North Queensland Cowboys, Maloney played his 200th NRL career match in the 26–16 win at 1300SMILES Stadium. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
Maloney made a total of 22 appearances for Penrith as the club finished 5th on the table. In week one of the finals, Maloney kicked a field goal and scored a try as Penrith defeated the New Zealand Warriors 27–12. In week two, Penrith were eliminated by Maloney's former side the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 21–20.
At the beginning of the 2019 season, Penrith were expected to be challenging for position in the top 4 of the competition but found themselves sitting last on the table after only winning 2 of their first 10 games with Maloney and teammate Nathan Cleary copping criticism. Maloney was not selected by NSW coach Brad Fittler for the first game of the 2019 State of Origin series.
In Round 12 against Manly, Maloney kicked 3 goals and field goal as Penrith won the match 15–12. In the following 2 weeks, Maloney kicked field goals which won Penrith the match against Sydney Roosters and South Sydney. On 16 June, Maloney was named in the New South Wales side for Game 2 of the 2019 State of Origin series in which New South Wales would go on to win 38–6 at Optus Stadium in Perth.
In Round 15 against the New Zealand Warriors, Maloney kicked his third field goal of the season as Penrith defeated New Zealand 19–18 in golden point extra time. In Game 3 of the 2019 State of Origin series, Maloney kicked 5 goals and helped New South Wales to a 26–20 victory at ANZ Stadium. It was the first time since 2005 that New South Wales had won back to back series. The series was won in the last minute of the match courtesy to a try by James Tedesco.
Maloney played 14 games for Catalans Dragons in the 2020 Super League season including the 48-2 semi-final loss against St Helens. Maloney was sent to the sin bin in the first half of the game for a high tackle.
In round 1 of the 2021 Super League season. Maloney kicked a field goal in golden point extra-time to earn Catalans Dragons a 29-28 victory over Hull KR. On 17 August, Maloney announced his retirement from rugby league at the end of the 2021 Super League season.
In the 2021 Magic Weekend match, Maloney kicked a drop goal for Catalans in their 31-30 victory over St Helens. Catalans were losing the match 30-12 with just five minutes remaining. The victory also meant that Catalans claimed the League Leaders Shield for the first time.
On 9 October, Maloney played for Catalans in their 2021 Super League Grand Final defeat against St. Helens. It was also Maloney's final match as a top-level professional rugby league player as he announced his retirement earlier in the season.
On 6 December 2021, Maloney made his debut for FC Lezignan XIII in the French Elite 1, scoring five goals and the match-winning field goal. On 10 April 2022, Maloney was stood down from playing after an alleged doping breach.
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