Catalans star James Maloney has responded to reports he could potentially return home to offer an SOS to the struggling Broncos in 2020.
Maloney left the Panthers at the end of last season to take up a three-year-deal in the Super League, before the coronavirus pandemic interrupted his first season in France.
Suggestions that Super League clubs are feeling the financial pinch due to COVID-19 and the fact the Broncos are reeling on a five-game losing streak has seen Maloney’s name put forward as a potential saviour at Red Hill.
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However The Sydney Morning Herald reported Maloney emphatically denied he would cut his Super League stay short to help the Broncos or any other struggling NRL club.
“I’m living the dream over here,’’ Maloney told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“There’s nothing any club could do to get me back there. I’m as happy as Larry.
“I was always comfortable when I made the decision that I was ready to go and that there would be no regrets.
“I woke up a few mornings ago and I had mates messaging me saying, ‘I’m not sure if it’s true you’re coming back because you look like you’re loving it over there’.
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“I’m not sure where the talk has come from. It was also suggested the club may have been struggling, but we’ve actually been one of the luckier clubs over here because we’ve lost less than the NRL and other Super League teams with the French government [topping up] our contracts.’’
Brad Fittler was one of the experts calling for the Broncos to sign Maloney to help them with a halves crisis at the club.
James Maloney will be staying at Catalans.Source:News Corp Australia
“They need someone who doesn’t care, and he’s great around the club because he’s just ‘James’ every day, even if you’re winning or losing, he just turns up,” Fittler said on WWOS Freddy and the Eighth podcast.
“They need someone like that.’’
However Maloney plans to resume training next week with Catalans, with the revised Super League competition to kick off on August 2.
Catalans will be required to play more than 20 matches in 16 weeks to make up for the pandemic shutdown.
Originally published asMaloney has responded to NRL return rumours. And it’s not what Broncos fans wanted to hear
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