Sport Panthers got better value in Maloney-Moylan swap, says club legend

18:08  12 july  2018
18:08  12 july  2018 Source:   smh.com.au

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Tagged: Cronulla Sharks, James Maloney , Matt Moylan , Penrith Panthers , Rugby League. Report. As I said above, Moylan has some good mates at Cronulla so hopefully that will help him! The return of a Tigers legend (6).

Penrith are expected to confirm a swap -deal involving Maloney in the next 24 hours. "It's a new chapter in my career and I'm looking forward to getting out here and playing some good footy," Moylan said .

More to come: Matt Moylan will come good for the Sharks, says Greg Alexander.© AAP More to come: Matt Moylan will come good for the Sharks, says Greg Alexander.

Penrith have been the big winners when it comes to the James Maloney and Matt Moylan swap deal.

Maloney and his Origin mates Nathan Cleary and Tyrone Peachey will be rested from Friday night's clash against Cronulla, which doubles as Moylan's first official homecoming.

Sharks and Panthers fans debated which club would benefit the most when Moylan and Maloney switched clubs last December.

Stepping up: James Maloney has delivered for the Panthers since his arrival.© NRL Photos Stepping up: James Maloney has delivered for the Panthers since his arrival.

Panthers great Greg Alexander said he was devastated once Moylan departed, but Maloney had been the bigger success story after 17 rounds, especially the way he guided the team around once Cleary broke down.

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The clash will mark Moylan 's first return home to Penrith after departing the club in the James Maloney and Matt Moylan after the Panthers -Sharks match in round 7. ©Gregg Porteous/NRL Photos. "I'm sure Matt will be out to have a really good game back to where it all started for him," Yeo said .

It worked out well for both parties." May admitted he was initially surprised Moylan had been released by the club , given But he hailed the impact Maloney has had on their campaign this year, with the Panthers currently "It shocked a few boys but as a group, we've moved on from it now," May said .

Moylan is expected to be booed by the locals when he runs out, and an image of him alongside Maloney was spotted on TV screens all around Panthers Stadium within minutes of last Friday's shock win over the New Zealand Warriors.

"Of course at moment you would have to say James has been more valuable to Penrith than Matt has [to Cronulla],'' Alexander said. "I think Matt has had an injury-affected start to the year and looks to be finding his feet.

"Matt Moylan played some great football for us, and he's one of the most talented players in the competition. We saw the worth of Jimmy when Nathan was out two months and he took control of the side. Most clubs struggle when you lose your starting half, but we had a bloke step into the breach and just do the job and get it done.

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It worked out well for both parties." May admitted he was initially surprised Moylan had been released by the club , given the local junior was one year into a four-year extension of his contract. But he hailed the impact Maloney has had on their campaign this year, with the Panthers currently fourth and in

In-form Penrith Panthers halfback James Maloney believes his former club is not using new recruit Matt Moylan the right way and has welcomed his return to fullback in recent weeks. "He'll be getting us up for it for sure, he won't want to be losing to his old club ," Harawira-Naera said .

"Matt Moylan is a very talented player and I rate him. I didn't want to see Matt Moylan go. When I realised it was inevitable and they said James Maloney is coming here, I was pretty happy. I don't think there are many who could replace what Matt Moylan had done for Penrith, but Jim has been pretty good."

Maloney won a premiership with the Sharks but was keen for a longer-term deal and the security on offer at Penrith, while Moylan was keen to exit his childhood club in search of a fresh start in the Shire.

Penrith coach Anthony Griffin was happy to spare his three Blues representatives from backing up 48 hours after Origin III so they all return fresh for next Friday's tough road trip to Brisbane.

Jarome Luai will play again at halfback while young Kiwi Caleb Aekins is expected to debut at fullback.

Cleary was keen to back up against Cronulla but also accepted he would need a freshen-up after his maiden Origin campaign.

Blues coach Brad Fittler said during the Nine TV commentary on Wednesday he wanted Cleary to discover his voice a little more on the field, and it was one area the 20-year-old playmaker planned to improve in the run home to the NRL finals. Cronulla and Penrith will feature in September.

"I've stayed in my shell sometimes, and I need to assert myself being the halfback," Cleary told Fairfax Media. "This [Origin] series has given me the confidence to do that moving forward.

"Freddy has spoken to me about talking more. I'm still developing that [part of my game] and will keep working on it. I'm looking forward to knuckling down with the Penrith boys, it's been a disrupted few weeks with them, but I'm keen to go on a good run to the finals.''

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James Maloney will give the nod to Boyd Cordner to lift the State of Origin shield if the NSW captain fails to overcome a calf injury before game three.James Maloney will give the nod to Boyd Cordner to lift the State of Origin shield in front of a disappearing Suncorp Stadium crowd if the NSW captain fails to overcome a calf injury for the series finale.

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