Team of the Half Century: James Maloney
Only a Shark for one season, but what a year is it was.
With James Maloney directing traffic, making line breaks and kicking goals under intense pressure, the Sharks went on to claim their maiden NRL title.
Played 25 games in 2016, missing just one match with injury and a second game due to State of Origin commitments, Maloney kicked 94 goals, scored seven tries and potted three field goals in showing why Coach Shane Flanagan was so keen to lure him across to the Sutherland Shire following a career which spanned three years at the Sydney Roosters after playing for the Storm and Warriors prior to that.
Played all three Origin matches for NSW this season and was named in the Australian Four Nations squad at years end, running out for two games for the Kangaroos during the tournament.
In just a short stint in Sharks colours Maloney made a major contribution in their breakthrough season. Is it enough to include him as the five eighth in the Sharks Team of the Half Century?