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Sport Cleary will play Origin: Maloney

20:08  14 march  2018
20:08  14 march  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Nathan Cleary will make his State of Origin debut alongside clubmate James Maloney as the high-flying Panthers lead Brad Fittler’s NSW revolution for the State of Origin opener next month. Fittler, one of Penrith’s favourite sons, has turned to the club’s

Penrith five-eighth James Maloney says it's only a matter of time before Nathan Cleary is selected for the NSW State of Origin side.© AAP Penrith five-eighth James Maloney says it's only a matter of time before Nathan Cleary is selected for the NSW State of Origin side. James Maloney says it's a matter of when not if Penrith halves partner Nathan Cleary plays for NSW.

Maloney and Cleary's combination showed plenty of promise as they sparked the Panthers to victory over Parramatta in their NRL season opener last week.

Since he came into first-grade, the 20-year-old has been earmarked for representative honours and calls for him to be blooded by the Blues have come thick and fast since NSW squandered a 1-0 State of Origin series lead last year.

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Panthers halves Maloney and Nathan Cleary steered their side to the top of the NRL ladder in a surprise 28-2 rout of St George Illawarra on Saturday.And

‘’I think everyone realises there will be some new faces, some players that haven’t played Origin before, but I think we need some experience in some pretty key positions so James Maloney ’s right in the mix.” Cleary too made his presence known in his first game back from a knee injury

NSW coach Brad Fittler has previously laid down the challenge to Cleary, telling him it would be difficult not to pick him this year if he and Maloney can guide the Panthers to the top of the ladder.

Incumbent Blues five-eighth Maloney says it's only matter of time before Cleary is selected for his state however doesn't know if it will come this year.

"He's got everything to become something really special," Maloney told Fox Sports' League Life.

"I think just give him time and let him develop.

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NSW coach Brad Fittler says Boyd Cordner will definitely be selected in his team for game one of the State of Origin series. According to Read, Fittler still has question marks over Maloney ’s defence. “With Nathan Cleary I think the big issue for him right now is his fitness," Read said.

"There's no doubt when you're talking Origin and things like that - at some point he will wear that jersey, there is no doubt about that whatsoever. Whether it's this year, that's another story."

Maloney is under pressure to hold his Origin spot this year with the Eels' Mitchell Moses - known to be a Fittler favourite - putting forward a strong challenge for the Blues No.6.

Maloney said he was desperate to be part of the Origin arena once again, having not tasted a series win after being dropped for NSW's drought-breaking 2014 victory.

And he hoped to do it alongside Cleary.

"We're in a position where there's lot of good viable options," Maloney said.

"Nath's going to be there, he's going to be mentioned in those circles.

"I hate putting pressure on a kid - there's no doubt in the world he handles everything that comes at him.

"There's also a lot of other guys that could be there.

"Hopefully we develop at Penrith and I'd love nothing more for him than to see it happen."

Blues fans sweat on Cleary's injured knee .
NSW State of Origin aspirant Nathan Cleary failed to take the field in the second half of the Panthers' loss to the Bulldogs, the Penrith halfback believed to have suffered medial injury to his left knee.Broadly tipped to inherit the NSW No.7 jersey for this year’s State of Origin series, Cleary failed to re-take the field after the halftime break, having suffered an injury to his left knee.

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