It’s official; Moylan parts with the Panthers; set to join Cronulla in 2018

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    Just one year after signing a contract extension that would tie him to Penrith until 2021, Panthers skipper Matt Moylan has been released from his contract by the club.

    Rumours the Windsor Wolves junior was unhappy at the club had circulated all year, especially in light of a club-imposed suspension for drinking and breaking team curfew in Melbourne.

    Moylan took personal leave on the eve of the Panthers finals campaign amid rumours he had fallen out with coach Anthony Griffin and was also suffering from mental health issues.

    His desire to return to the side and play in their eventual semi-final loss to Brisbane was reportedly scuttled by the club.

    Just two months after Penrith boss Phil Gould said publically, “we can confirm Matt is 100 per cent committed to his future at the Panthers and we are 100 per cent committed to Matt,” the executive was forced to issue a very different statement today.

    “I’m sure I speak for everyone here at Panthers in wishing Matt all the best for this next phase of his life,” it read.

    The long-time fullback made the shift to five-eighth in 2017 after he was trialed in the position by New South Wales in last year’s State of Origin series.

    His decision to join Cronulla over the other frontrunners Wests Tigers allegedly had much to do with the Sharks allowing him to play in the halves, while the Tigers were keen on him replacing James Tedesco at No. 1.

    Manly’s rumoured pursuit of the 26-year-old cooled off due to his salary demands and Penrith’s large transfer fee.

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    • November 9th 2017 @ 1:26pm
      Gary Russell-Sharam said | November 9th 2017 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

      I thought Maloney was going to Penrith on a swap deal with Moylan Gee Cronulla must have some dollars stashed away

      • November 9th 2017 @ 2:19pm
        Andrew said | November 9th 2017 @ 2:19pm | ! Report

        Brian Fletcher is expecting Maloney at the Panthers.

        As Gould said, The Panthers will stick by Moylan… until we find a better 5/8, then we are happy to handball him off to someone else

    • November 9th 2017 @ 2:37pm
      KingCowboy said | November 9th 2017 @ 2:37pm | ! Report

      I think it is a win for all parties involved. However. don’t think it is going to matter because no team is going to stop the Cows in 2018.

    • November 9th 2017 @ 3:15pm
      spruce moose said | November 9th 2017 @ 3:15pm | ! Report

      “Moylan will form a formidable partnership with James Maloney in the halves next year, as the Sharks look to go better than their unsuccessful premiership defence of this season.”

      Except Maloney is going to Penrith. That’s kind of why this deal is happening.

    • November 9th 2017 @ 3:23pm
      Albo said | November 9th 2017 @ 3:23pm | ! Report

      So Penrith have off loaded two of the NRL’s young & potentially most valuable spine halves in Moylan & Te Mare Martin this year , and in return the Panthers have got an aging, out of form, infringer with a refs target on his back ? I would say the Sharks & Cows have certainly got bargains , not sure what the Panthers have ended up with ?
      I do believe that Gould & Griffin owe the Panthers fans a serious explanation.

      • November 9th 2017 @ 3:31pm
        Worlds Biggest said | November 9th 2017 @ 3:31pm | ! Report

        Not sure there Albo, a couple of my mates are Panthers fans and they are very happy to get Maloney. Moylan is a good player to be sure but I do think he is hyped up. His party boy image is also a distraction the Panthers don’t need. They have a very good squad and Maloney could be the difference in taking them to a GF, he is aging however he is the current Blues 6, Kangaroo and two time premiership winning player. I think it’s a great signing and he will certainly help Cleary develop.

        • November 9th 2017 @ 3:45pm
          Albo said | November 9th 2017 @ 3:45pm | ! Report

          I just don’t see the value of losing two young talented halves for a 31 year old coming off a poor season where he gave away the most penalties of any player and missed the most tackles of any half in the game ? What’s he going to teach Cleary ? I hope Isaah Yeo has asked for a pay rise for the extra tackling he’ll be required to do next season !

          • November 9th 2017 @ 4:26pm
            Worlds Biggest said | November 9th 2017 @ 4:26pm | ! Report

            Granted he isn’t coming off his best season, overall I think he brings a lot to the Panthers particularly big game mentality / experience. What can he teach Cleary, Maloney is a real pro and could be a great mentor for the young half, you probably wouldn’t categorise Moylan as a mentor of sorts. Maloney can help / teach Cleary in guiding a team around, game management and also goal kicking.

            • November 9th 2017 @ 6:22pm
              Gray-Hand said | November 9th 2017 @ 6:22pm | ! Report

              Agreed. As a grand final winner, Maloney adds a lot more to the Panthers than he would at a lot of other clubs.

              I do n’t rate him particularly highly otherwise, but big game experience among the playmakers is something the Panthers definitely lack.

          • November 9th 2017 @ 10:11pm
            Goerge said | November 9th 2017 @ 10:11pm | ! Report

            Big Mal sees enough in Maloney to give him a Kangeroos Jersey so how do you not see value?

            3 Clubs, 3 Grand Finals and 2 Premieirships is some kind of resume.

            I Agree that Moylan has talent and potential in spades, but so far he’s no better than many other NRL rising stars who promise so much but are never able to reach the elite level.

            Maloney has done just that. Sure he’s short of the top tier of superstars, but he is a consistent toiler who has an uncanny knack of collecting premierships.

            IMO he’s in the top echelon of natural 5/8’s in the comp which sadly is a list chock full of Qld’ers.

            1. Thurston
            2. Morgan
            3. Munster
            4. Maloney
            5. Corey Norman
            6. Milford

            Incidentally, for the record – here is my top 6 halfbacks- note the best options that NSW have are now Panthers.

            1. Cronk
            2. Shaun Johnson
            3. Cleary
            4. Ash Taylor
            5. Pearce
            6. Hunt

            Honourable mentions go to Cherry Evans.

            Also I am predicting Bennett will play Milford at 7 and Jack Bird at 6.

            Jack Bird could easily succeed Thurston at 6 in the National side.

            • November 10th 2017 @ 11:14am
              Albo said | November 10th 2017 @ 11:14am | ! Report

              So Maloney gets an Aussie jumper from Mal, and will get one token game against Lebanon ! And he probably only got selected by Mal because Moylan was injured and they needed another NSW player to balance the politics. Moylan was Mal’s back up fullback / 5/8 in the last 4 nations tournament when he got his one match against Scotland winning the man of the match award.
              As for your 5/8 & halves ratings , thanks for your opinion there. Probably agree with your 5/8 ratings, but for me, DCE would be rated well in front of Johnson, Taylor , Pearce & Hunt. As for your Jack Bird prediction, my opinion is that Bird is no chance of ever succeeding Thurston as the national number 6. He is a handy utility , probably better suited as a backrower, but who thinks he should be a halfback. Wayne will sort him out quick enough and use him as a utility as he pleases. I rate Bird just behind Mitch Aubusson & Tyronne Peachey as a utility player best suited to backrow or centre or to fill in a gap.

              • November 11th 2017 @ 7:06am
                Goerge said | November 11th 2017 @ 7:06am | ! Report

                DCE seems to have been ostracised from the national and state teams.. I agreed he showed significant promise of living up to expectations this season, but feel there may be a underlying ego/attitude issue stunting his development.

                We will see how Bennett uses Bird.

                I can’t see Nikorima being a Broncos 1st choice halfback and Bird has previously publicly stated he wants to be a 6. So IMO Milford is halfback with Bird at 6.

                You could raise an argument for moving Boyd to 6 and Bird playing at 1 which would/could work.
                However, I can’t see Boyd being a better 6 than Bird or Bird being a better 1 than Boyd.

                I expect Bird would have been promised a genuine crack at 6 during the contract negotiations or he would have signed elsewhere.

          • November 10th 2017 @ 12:54am
            Dexter The Hamster said | November 10th 2017 @ 12:54am | ! Report

            Albo, Isaah Yeo can have a pay rise for the extra tackling, as long as he gives some of it back every time he puts in a grubber or throws a dummy and goes himself, when he has an unmarked winger out there on the left edge….

      • November 9th 2017 @ 4:38pm
        Andrew said | November 9th 2017 @ 4:38pm | ! Report

        Martin is nothing special he has no ball playing skills and no kicking game.
        Meanwhile Moylan got hyped up because of the story of being the late bloomer, grabbed out of NSW Cup out of desperation and he has turned into a capable NRL player. But he is flawed both on the field and off.

        With Maloney you know what you are going to get and if he can give them two good years, they can then hand over to Cleary , May and Edwards (all under 22 years of age at the moment and all have already been playing together for about 5 years) . To me, that is the better plan rather than the high risk Moylan.

        Gould owes no explanation in my opinion.

    • November 9th 2017 @ 3:25pm
      Worlds Biggest said | November 9th 2017 @ 3:25pm | ! Report

      Yep definite typo there, Maloney to sign with the Pennies next week apparently. Les hope Moylan fulfills his potential and perhaps a change of scenery is what he needs. I think the Panthers have done extremely well to get such an experience pro in Maloney, might be enough to get them to the holy grail.

    • November 9th 2017 @ 3:25pm
      Paul J said | November 9th 2017 @ 3:25pm | ! Report

      Moylan is over-rated in my opinion others won’t agree with me. Haven’t seen him play well enough consistently to deserve the hype he receives. Much like Mitchell Moses overpaid and over-rated

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