New Catalans Dragons halfback James Maloney has said he is not fazed by the travel demands on the club.
Maloney signed from Penrith Panthers after a successful career in the NRL. He also spent three years with New Zealand Warriors, which he thinks will help him prepare for the travelling.
He said: “I played for three years for the Warriors in the NRL. They’re pretty much the same as the Catalans over here. They travel every week, and me and wife did that with a young baby.
“We know what to expect, but there’s always challenges, you don’t know what what’s going on. But hopefully everyone’s settled here and there’s a lot of people at the club who are always willing to help out, so I’m pretty excited about it.”
As well as frequent trips to England, the Dragons will also face a trip to Canada to face Toronto Wolfpack.
Despite the logistical challenges of the trip, Maloney is looking forward to the game growing in a new area.
He explained: I’ve never really travelled that distance for a game, and the time difference will make it a challenge. But we’ve only got to do it once and Toronto will have to do it a number of times, so it’s probably a lot harder for them.
“But its exciting to be able to go to Canada and see that and from all the reports that the game and the buzz since Sonny (Bill Williams) signed is awesome and there’s whispers of a team in New York. That’s so exciting for rugby league.”
The 33-year-old has said coming to the Super League is something that has been on his radar. Coming over to the other side of the world and travelling was also a factor for the Australian international.
He said: “To be able to bring my family to the other side of the world and do some travelling and give them that experience was a big factor. It was always in my plans, something me and wife always spoke about and were really excited to be here.”
Maloney is expected to make his debut for the Dragons when they face Huddersfield Giants at the Stade Gilbert Brutus on 1st February.