Mystery as Maloney leaves camp hours before World Cup clash

Kangaroos star James Maloney has reportedly finalised a deal to move to the Penrith Panthers in a major player swap deal which will see Matt Moylan join Cronulla.
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Maloney has walked out of the Kangaroos’ World Cup camp just hours before their pool game against France in Canberra on Friday night.

Fairfax Media revealed last month the Panthers were keen to secure a swap deal with the Sharks with Maloney and Moylan to trade places.

The Panthers have lodged a three-year deal for Maloney to move to Penrith, which could be announced as early as Monday.

The contract will need to be cleared by the NRL, but it appears the speculation over Moylan’s future is all but over.

Moylan is set to link with the Sharks on a four-year deal. NRL南京夜网 is reporting the deal will be worth $3.6 million.

The Panthers are seeking clarification over a third-party agreement that is attached to Moylan’s current deal with them.

Maloney was supposed to be playing against France at Canberra Stadium on Friday but was granted leave from camp for personal reasons.

It left the Kangaroos scrambling to replace him, with Ben Hunt also granted leave from camp to get married this weekend.

Cameron Munster looms as the most likely man to replace in the halves alongside Michael Morgan, with Cooper Cronk being rested this week.

Dane Gagai has been called into the 19-man match day squad for Australia, leaving Valentine Holmes, Matt Gillett and Boyd Cordner on an extended bench.

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