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Maloney responds to reports linking him with NRL ‘loan’

The NRL are targeting a return to competition on 28 May. Catalans’ James Maloney has responded to reports linking him with a short-term move to Australia. With the NRL targeting a return to action next month, …

The NRL are targeting a return to competition on 28 May.

Catalans’ James Maloney has responded to reports linking him with a short-term move to Australia.

With the NRL targeting a return to action next month, it is understood that clubs in the competition are considering approaches for players currently sidelined.

Half-back Maloney was a marquee signing for the Dragons during the close-season and is a former Kangaroos representative who remains highly regarded down under.

He told 2GB Radio: “When we thought about it, if you went back home you had to go into quarantine for two weeks, and we’ve got four kids.

“It’s a hard one, you know, obviously for us, it’d be nice to go back home.

“But then I think with the announcement [France lockdown], I think they also said borders to non-European countries are closed indefinitely.

“So I don’t even know where that would leave you in terms of coming back once it was all over.”

He added: “I don’t know logistically how it works, probably not.

“I know Catalans are doing their best obviously to be able to keep paying us so I don’t know how you could all of sudden try and work out – even if the NRL did manage to get back – how you’d try and manage a short-term deal.

“I think it’s probably more headaches logistically than what it’s sort of worth and I just don’t think it’s possible, so it’s probably nothing I’ve really thought about.”

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