Competition - NRL Round 10 - Newcastle Knights v Cronulla Sharks - Sunday 15 May 2016, Hunter Stadium Broadmeadow, Newcastle NSW - Photographer Shane Myers © nrlphotos.com

Maloney on track to eclipse 'Noddy' of '02

Celebrating his 30th birthday earlier this week, Sharks five-eighth James Maloney may again have cause for personal cheers come the seasons end - should he, and the side, keep piling on the points.

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Having scored 125 points inside the competition's opening 14 rounds, Maloney (with 9.62 points per game) is on track to eclipse Brett Kimmorley's Club record of 251 points in a season (9.30 points per game, 2002). At the same point in the 2002 season, Kimmorley had scored 110 points.

A renowned scorer in his time at the Roosters, Maloney arrived at the Sharks at in 2016 and would be immediately handed the kicking duties, following Michael Gordon's exit from the Club. 

The game's leading point scorer in the Roosters' Premiership year of 2013, Maloney finished the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the second most points in the NRL, behind Johnathan Thurston and Jarrod Croker respectively. 

Although kicking at a percentage lower than that of his career average, strong personal hauls in 2016 mean Maloney is again well in contention to finish the season atop the list of the game's highest scorers, come the year's end.