Catalans Dragons coach Steve McNamara has confirmed he would be interested in bringing James Maloney to the club for the 2020 season. The Australian stand-off’s contract with Penrith Panthers is due to expire at the end of the year and he has been heavily linked with making a move to Super League, with Catalans and Leeds Rhinos the two clubs thought to be at the front of the queue.
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McNamara certainly knows Maloney better than most, having worked with him during their time together at the Sydney Roosters and admits he is a big admirer of the 33-year-old. “I’m a big fan of Jimmy, I coached him at the Roosters. He is a great character and a great player. He is a champion player and I know him well,” McNamara said.
The former England coach also confirmed he will not be making huge changes to the Dragons squad ahead of the 2020 season, as he wants to add quality rather than quantity. “I said last week that we wouldn’t be making wholesale signings but we will be making one or two significant signings – certainly one,” the 47-year-old added. “We will see what the next few weeks brings.”