In todays Sydney Daily Telegraph there is an article about Maloney being Number ONE pick for 5/8 spot for NSW.
see link... https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/james-maloney-in-line-to-be-nsw-state-of-origin-five-eighth/story-e6frexnr-1226317060321
So who will replace him for the Warriors if he is on Origin Duty? ..:st:
JAMES Maloney, once unwanted by Parramatta, has become a front-runner to win the NSW State of Origin five-eighth spot.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal that Blues coach Ricky Stuart contacted Maloney just last week to discuss his form and this year's Origin series.
Stuart was also at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night to watch Maloney and his New Zealand Warriors play the Sydney Roosters.
Unwanted by Parramatta after 2007, Maloney then helped Wentworthville Magpies win the 2008 NSW Cup.
But there is no doubt that Maloney, who will join the Sydney Roosters next season, is locked in an intense battle with incumbent Jamie Soward, Todd Carney, Jarrod Mullen and Terry Campese for the No.6 jumper.
"James is an Origin-style player. He is as tough as anyone in the game," said Greg Alexander, who played six games for NSW.
"He is a courageous hole runner and can play with the ball. He has a good 'dummy and go' and his kicking game is outstanding. He is also rock-solid in defence.
"In regards to his character, he has Origin stamped all over him.
"James has started this season as he left off last year, although it wasn't his best game against the Roosters on the weekend."
The Daily Telegraph approached Stuart regarding the comments from Alexander about Maloney.
"I agree with everything Greg said," Stuart said. "Greg is a person who certainly understands what State of Origin is all about. James is certainly in the mix.
"I spoke to James last week - and to some other players as well - and told him exactly that; that he was in the mix for Origin."
However, Alexander stressed that NSW had a number of form five-eighths vying for selection.
"There are certainly plenty of candidates," he said.
"Todd Carney is entitled to be second just behind Maloney and Jamie Soward has done nothing wrong. Terry Campese is the elephant in the room.
"If he can produce a month of footy like he performed against Wests Tigers last Monday night at Campbelltown, he would be a good chance of selection."
Carney has been solid without being spectacular for new club Cronulla but his class is undoubted.
Soward has been competent and strong in his performances for St George Illawarra this season.
wow, just wow. as much as i hate jamie soward i think he played very well in game 3 last year and his form this year haven't been bad. jarrod mullen has improved tenfold in the last couple of weeks. todd carney's defence is a lot better than maloney's. but judging by those comments, maloney will get picked unless the warriors lose a majority of their games between now and round 11.