Lezignan confirm signing of James Maloney

Catalans half-back James Maloney will link up with Lezignan in the French Elite Championship next season.

The 35-year-old will link up with his former team-mate Sam Moa at Lezignan next term.

Last week, Maloney announced that he will retire from professional rugby league at the end of the season and he will link up with semi-professional outfit Lezignan in the French Elite Championship next season.

Maloney has made more than 300 career appearances, including three for Australia and 14 for New South Wales in State of Origin.

“I think we are going to enjoy the south of France for a year or two,” Maloney told team-mate Sam Tomkins in an interview on the club’s YouTube channel.

“We love it here and it is such a good opportunity. I’m going to go back into coaching, that is path I’d like to follow. I’ll give it a couple of years and see what is going on back home (in Australia).

“I always wanted to come to the Super League and finish up over here. In France the climate is more like Australia and it is where I wanted to be. I’m very happy that it has all worked out the way it has.”

He wants to finish on a high with Catalans by helping deliver the club’s first-ever Super League title.

“It’d be massive,” he said. “They’ve got very passionate supporters here in Perpignan.

“It was a massive goal of mine to come over here and be part of that first side to win the first Premiership with the club and nothing has changed there, it is still a massive focus of mine so with a couple more months of hard work, fingers crossed, we can do it.”

Maloney won the NRL Premiership with Sydney Roosters in 2013 and also with Cronulla Sharks in 2016. He won the World Cup with Australia in 2017.

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  1. James ,You ve made a great decision mate along with Sam T.My wife and I recently returned to UK because of health problems after living in S.France forthe best 10 yrs of our lives . Its a wonderful way of life that you may find you don’t want to leave . Best wishes from an old (79) fan of the greatest game on earth ,Bob Dainton Yorkshire ,UK

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