James Maloney becomes Catalans’ first marquee player

Catalans have confirmed the signing of New South Wales star James Maloney from Penrith Panthers on a three-year deal from 2020.

The 33-year-old will become the first ever marquee player for the Dragons after helping the Blues win State of Origin earlier this month.

Maloney has made 241 appearances since his first-grade debut in 2009, making 14 appearances and earning for caps for Australia.

Catalans coach Steve McNamara commented: “James is a huge signing for both the Catalans Dragons and the Super League competition.

“He is quite simply a winner, a great player with outstanding game management skills.

“As the current NSW stand-off, this is a real coup for us. Having coached Jimmy during my time as an assistant coach at the Roosters, I know full well the huge impact he will have both on and off the field.”

Maloney added: “I’m really excited about the opportunity to join the Catalans Dragons.

“I have a really good relationship with Steve McNamara and look forward to playing under him and enjoying a lot of success at the club.

“Having watched the team win the Challenge cup last year, I find it extremely motivating and would love to add other trophies to the cabinet during my time here.

“I’m excited to bring my wife Jess and four kids over to learn all about the French culture and the experience that comes with it.”

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