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SportPanthers five-eighth James Maloney insists he will see out NRL contract amid Super League rumours

22:05  15 may  2019
22:05  15 may  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Penrith five-eighth James Maloney has again shot down rumours he wants to leave the Panthers and join an English Super League team before his contract expires at the end of 2020.

Maloney has previously said he wants to finish his career in the UK – but the playmaker insists he will see out his Penrith contract despite the on and off-field turmoil at the club.

A News Corp report on Wednesday claimed Panthers officials are exploring whether it would be in the team's best interests for Maloney to move on after this year.

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This was news to the cheeky playmaker, who told media that he hasn't had discussions with anybody regarding an early release.

"That's all paper talk. I haven't spoken to anyone about it," the 32-year-old said.

Panthers five-eighth James Maloney insists he will see out NRL contract amid Super League rumours © Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited "There's been a lot of it and I don't follow much of it. There's always going to be stuff written but I haven't spoken to anyone.

"I've got a three-year deal here [finishing in 2020] and my intention is to see it out."

Maloney was baffled about the origins of the report.

"Don't know. I don't write the articles. I've got no idea," he said.

Panthers five-eighth James Maloney insists he will see out NRL contract amid Super League rumours © Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited James Maloney The two-time premiership winner publicly debunked a similar story earlier this month that claimed he wanted out of the Panthers after losing the captaincy.

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The NSW Origin incumbent called out the article on Twitter, saying it was "complete bulls---" .

With Penrith's plunge into crisis continuing after just two wins from nine matches, Maloney said he isn't looking ahead to State of Origin.

The pivot is under huge pressure to hold his position in Brad Fittler's team but his attention is concentrated on helping the Panthers improve.

"[Origin] is the furthest thing from my mind. If you talk about it, yes, it's something that I'd love to do, 100 per cent," Maloney said.

"But is it a focus of mine at the moment? No, because I've got so much I need to sort out here.

"If you were to go into the arena, it'd be nice to go in off the back of a few wins out here."

Panthers five-eighth James Maloney insists he will see out NRL contract amid Super League rumours © Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited James Maloney But Maloney still believes he is the right man to play in the halves for NSW.

Asked if he can admit he could be usurped for the number six jersey, Maloney responded: "I don't concede anything."

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The veteran is adamant he would lift his performance if chosen for the Blues.

"I don't doubt for a second that if I get there I can do the job," he declared.

"I've got no doubts whatsoever about that, but that's not my call."

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