It’s probably too early to be starting rumours for 2020, but given the potential repercussions to the Panthers’ salary cap, this one might be relevant.
According to the Western Weekender, Panthers five-eighth James Maloney has spoken privately to the club about his desire to finish his career in England or France, and the Panthers are happy to facilitate that move in 2020.
This could be particularly handy for Penrith, if they’re to successfully re-sign halfback Nathan Cleary to an upgraded long-term deal.
Cleary himself comes off contract at the end of 2019, and should Maloney move on, it could save the Panthers from having two highly-paid halves on the books at once, and with give the club more financial flexibility to pay Cleary whatever it takes to keep him at the foot of the mountains.
Maloney has played 222 first grade games for the Panthers, Sharks, Roosters, Warriors and Storm, 12 Origins for New South Wales, and 3 Tests for Australia.