James Maloney - NRL

Partner’s name: Jessica
Children’s names: Kade (8), Layla (6), Ethan (3), Jesse (newborn)
Charity of choice: Rural Aid

James is one of the great characters of the NRL. A two-time premiership winner, lifting the NRL trophy with the Roosters and the Sharks, James is now in his first year as a Panther and has amassed more then 220 NRL games. He also played a key role this year helping NSW to the State of Origin title. In all, he has played 12 Origins for the Blues and three Tests for the Kangaroos to add to an impressive resume. But James has been just as busy off the field, being a dad to four children under the age of 10. “The kids are the reason why I play,” James said. “To be able to provide for them and give them opportunities … you always want to make them proud. All my big achievements, they have been there and it’s so special to share all the big moments with them.” His wife Jessica went onto say “James’ best asset as a father is that he’s on their level, his playfulness and his ability to make life not so serious all the time.”

How hard is it spending time away from the kids due to your football commitments? It’s always hard being away from them, especially with Jesse being so young. They change so quickly and you feel like you are missing out, but Facetime makes things a bit easier. - James

Favourite activity with the kids? I love doing anything outdoors with them. Walking the dog, playing at the park and watching their sport. - James

Do you relax with the kids on game day? Hanging with them helps keep my mind off footy and makes the day go faster. I usually lay around with them watching tv or something - James

Most memorable moment with the kids? They’ve been there for all my big achievements. It’s special to share things like a victory lap after a grand final and an Origin win. The kids also love to come into the sheds and watch the team song. - James

Best part of your day with the kids? Play time or cuddling up and watching a movie with them. - James

Favourite family holiday? We’ve been lucky enough to take the kids to Fiji, Bali and Singapore and loved all of them. We are doing Hawaii in this coming off-season. - James

What makes James such a great father? He always wants to play and spend time with the kids. The time he spends with them is special and he is patient with them. He’s always teaching them things to help them grow into good people. - Jessica

What makes dad so great?
Because he sometimes does everything for me. - Kade
He takes us to school. - Layla
He brushes our teeth! - Ethan

What’s the best thing dad does for you?
He takes me to fun places - Kade
He gets my breakfast - Layla
He takes me rock climbing - Ethan

 

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