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Monday, 22 July 2019

Locky backhands Gallen over Maloney talk


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Broncos director Darren Lockyer has extinguished any suggestion his club could offer James Maloney one last NRL contract after Paul Gallen's cheeky comment set tongues wagging.

Discussing the veteran Panthers playmaker's future for Wide World of Sports' QLDER, Lockyer answered Gallen with a sledge before highlighting why Maloney did not fit into Brisbane's future plans.

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"Wasn't Gal responsible for pushing him out of Cronulla," Lockyer started with a laugh. "Now he's pumping up his tyres.

"Look, there's no doubt he's a big game winner but I think there's a thing called the salary cap and there's only certain clubs who could probably afford to buy James Maloney, Broncos isn't one of those."

The Maloney to Broncos suggestion was raised by Gallen on The Sunday Footy Show following another starring performance from the 33-year-old who has hit top form following a sluggish start to the season.

Having already won premierships at the Roosters in 2013 and the Sharks in 2016, Maloney is starting to put the Panthers into a position to contend this year, spearheading a hot streak that has catapulted Ivan Cleary's side from 16th to seventh on the ladder thanks to a seven-match winning streak.

The five-eighth also played a key role in securing NSW back-to-back Origin series wins for the first time in over a decade but faces an uncertain future despite being contracted to Penrith for one more year.

Maloney has been heavily linked to a move to the Super League at the end of this season as the Panthers weigh up how best to balance an inflated salary cap and also keep the best of their talented crop of youngsters for the future.

While Maloney has seemed open to that possibility at various stages of this season, his old Cronulla teammate Gallen said it was too soon for a player of his quality to be lost to the NRL.

“He’s a terrific player. I told Locky (to) sign him at Brisbane, he will win you a comp,” Gallen told The Sunday Footy Show.

“He’s that good a player ... maybe for one or two years. You don’t keep him longer than that because he wears thin on everyone pretty quickly.

“Over that 12 months he’s an absolute genius.

“I don’t think now is the time, I think he’s got too much left. He’s still got a lot to offer the NRL.

“If not at Penrith he could go somewhere and offer something. Another year or two ... don’t go yet Jimmy, stick around.”

Tom Dearden showed promise early in the season before getting injured.

Lockyer told QLDER that the Broncos' current priority was to tie up the talented young players coming through their ranks, rather than looking outside for a highly-paid player to be the icing on the cake.

"You can see what Anthony Seibold's doing there, he's got these young forwards he's bringing through, he's blooding all these debutants in the backline, (including teen halfback) Tom Dearden, so I think it's a youth policy," Lockyer said.

"The key for the club is to keep that group together for as long as they can."

That philosophy is being challenged by rival NRL clubs, with the Warriors seemingly targeting Seibold's side for recruitment raids every second week at the moment.

The latest reported target was impressive young hooker Jake Turpin, with Lockyer making it clear that the 22-year-old was a wanted player at his current club.

Jake Turpin has made a huge impact in his first season with the Broncos.

"He's a great little player, he's got a great attitude and you know what you're going to get from him, he's very reliable," Lockyer said.

"Well done to Jake, he's broken through and now people are noticing him and so they should, the Warriors have come in for him.

"Look the Broncos no doubt want to keep him. I think he's a hooker, I think that's where he'd prefer to play, so he's going to have to fight to start at the Broncos with Andrew McCullough there, but I think they could work together well as a pair. "

Broncos director Darren Lockyer has extinguished any suggestion his club could offer James Maloney one last NRL contract after Paul Gallen's cheeky comment set tongues wagging.

Discussing the veteran Panthers playmaker's future for Wide World of Sports' QLDER, Lockyer answered Gallen with a sledge before highlighting why Maloney did not fit into Brisbane's future plans.

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"Wasn't Gal responsible for pushing him out of Cronulla," Lockyer started with a laugh. "Now he's pumping up his tyres.

"Look, there's no doubt he's a big game winner but I think there's a thing called the salary cap and there's only certain clubs who could probably afford to buy James Maloney, Broncos isn't one of those."

The Maloney to Broncos suggestion was raised by Gallen on The Sunday Footy Show following another starring performance from the 33-year-old who has hit top form following a sluggish start to the season.

Having already won premierships at the Roosters in 2013 and the Sharks in 2016, Maloney is starting to put the Panthers into a position to contend this year, spearheading a hot streak that has catapulted Ivan Cleary's side from 16th to seventh on the ladder thanks to a seven-match winning streak.

The five-eighth also played a key role in securing NSW back-to-back Origin series wins for the first time in over a decade but faces an uncertain future despite being contracted to Penrith for one more year.

Maloney has been heavily linked to a move to the Super League at the end of this season as the Panthers weigh up how best to balance an inflated salary cap and also keep the best of their talented crop of youngsters for the future.

While Maloney has seemed open to that possibility at various stages of this season, his old Cronulla teammate Gallen said it was too soon for a player of his quality to be lost to the NRL.

“He’s a terrific player. I told Locky (to) sign him at Brisbane, he will win you a comp,” Gallen told The Sunday Footy Show.

“He’s that good a player ... maybe for one or two years. You don’t keep him longer than that because he wears thin on everyone pretty quickly.

“Over that 12 months he’s an absolute genius.

“I don’t think now is the time, I think he’s got too much left. He’s still got a lot to offer the NRL.

“If not at Penrith he could go somewhere and offer something. Another year or two ... don’t go yet Jimmy, stick around.”

Tom Dearden showed promise early in the season before getting injured.

Lockyer told QLDER that the Broncos' current priority was to tie up the talented young players coming through their ranks, rather than looking outside for a highly-paid player to be the icing on the cake.

"You can see what Anthony Seibold's doing there, he's got these young forwards he's bringing through, he's blooding all these debutants in the backline, (including teen halfback) Tom Dearden, so I think it's a youth policy," Lockyer said.

"The key for the club is to keep that group together for as long as they can."

That philosophy is being challenged by rival NRL clubs, with the Warriors seemingly targeting Seibold's side for recruitment raids every second week at the moment.

The latest reported target was impressive young hooker Jake Turpin, with Lockyer making it clear that the 22-year-old was a wanted player at his current club.

Jake Turpin has made a huge impact in his first season with the Broncos.

"He's a great little player, he's got a great attitude and you know what you're going to get from him, he's very reliable," Lockyer said.

"Well done to Jake, he's broken through and now people are noticing him and so they should, the Warriors have come in for him.

"Look the Broncos no doubt want to keep him. I think he's a hooker, I think that's where he'd prefer to play, so he's going to have to fight to start at the Broncos with Andrew McCullough there, but I think they could work together well as a pair. "

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