Sydney Roosters’ five-eighth James Maloney has today signed a three-year contract with the Cronulla Sharks.
It was reported this morning that Maloney will soon confirm the move – first predicted by Fairfax newspapers early in June.
Maloney would have had to accept a pay-cut to remain with the Roosters, who apparently offered him a two-year deal. A longer and more lucrative deal from Cronulla then won the attention of the former NSW Blue. It would be his fourth club, having played stints at the Melbourne Storm and New Zealand Warriors before switching to the Bondi based club in 2013.
The Roosters were struggling to re-sign Maloney, with Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Aidan Guerrea and Blake Ferguson all signing new contracts with the club, reducing the funds available for further buys.
Maloney, 28, will be a valuable asset for the struggling Sharks if he can recapture the form that saw him contribute to the Roosters’ 2013 premiership winning season. – Ellen Conroy
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