Maloney to depart Panthers for Super League

Penrith Panthers can confirm veteran playmaker James Maloney will depart the club at the end of the 2019 NRL season.

The 33-year-old will be granted a release from the final year of his Panthers contract to take up a lucrative Super League opportunity.

“James has made no secret of his sincere desire to finish his rugby league career with a stint in the Super League,” Panthers Chairman Dave O’Neill said.

“Considering the outstanding service he has given to Panthers over the last two seasons and to our game over the last decade, we believe he has earned that right.

“The overseas opportunity recently offered to James, his wife Jess, and their young family is one they are genuinely excited about pursuing together.

“When we farewell James at the end of the season, we will do so knowing he has made an incredibly positive impact on our club and the next generation of players who will carry it forward.”

Maloney’s NRL career to date spans five clubs, almost 250 games, three Grand Finals and two NRL Premierships.

Panthers will celebrate his achievements at the final home game of the regular season on Sunday 8 September.