James Maloney to leave Catalans at the end of 2021

Josh McAllister

James Maloney has announced that he will leave Catalans at the end of the current Super League season.

Maloney, 35, joined the Dragons in 2019 following 241 NRL appearances with Melbourne Storm, New Zealand Warriors, Sydney Roosters, Cronulla Sharks and Penrith Panthers.

The former Australia international and New South Wales representative won the Dally M five-eighth of the year in 2016 and was the NRL’s top point scorer in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

He has announced that he will retire from professional rugby league, and has been linked with a move to Lezignan.

“I’ve had a lot of fun and been very fortunate to have a long career that has given me and my family so many opportunities,” said Maloney.

“I’m very grateful to the Dragons for the opportunity to come and play over here and for how they have looked after me and the family in difficult circumstances with everything going on in the world, and I hope that I can repay that by finishing this season lifting the trophy.”

Head coach Steve McNamara added: “Jimmy will be sorely missed by everyone at the club but we understand and respect his decision to retire after an incredible career. His contribution over the last two seasons for the Dragons cannot be overstated and he has a huge desire to now finish the season and his career on a successful note.”