Behind the Penrith Panther playmaker’s larrikin reputation is a lethally competitive streak fuelling a desperate drive to win at all costs.
In the latest issue of Inside Sport magazine, on sale from Thursday August 15, the Catalans-bound two-time premiership-winner and dual State of Origin series champion describes such a trait as not only one within his own personal make up, but a quality that’s absolutely paramount for players who are serious about succeeding in the National Rugby League.
“You need the mental toughness to push yourself when you’re tired, and through fatigue and things like that," Maloney shares with James Smith. "Without a degree of all of that sort’ve stuff, talent will get you so far. There are so many players who have talent and plenty of ability, but they may not necessarily have the mental edge to go with it. The players who really succeed are the ones who have talent, but they also have that hardened, mental edge.”
There’s plenty more happening in the latest issue of Australia’s Sporting Magazine. Once again, it’s jam-packed with high-quality sports writing and the best sports photography from around the globe.
Respected veteran Inside Sport writer Robert Drane continues his study of Australia’s Sudanese community from last issue with a detailed look at the sporting role model, and how positive social change can result from the work of our sporting heroes and leaders.
In his captivating study Boom Times, and with the FIBA World Cup on the horizon, Jeff Centenera asks: is Australia’s national basketball team headed for its breakout moment?
We also present a pictorial tribute – thanks to the outstanding efforts of Getty Images’ sports photographers - to the Wallaroos’ recent two-Test series win over Japan on home soil.
As Luke Dodemaide writes in his superb feature story, Tim Tszyu has inherited much of his dad’s boxing prowess, but he’s very much his own man.
And with the AFL play-offs almost here, Elliot Cartledge ponders: why has the life been sucked out of elite-level Aussie rules?
ALL THIS AND PLENTY MORE IN THE SEPTEMBER 2019 ISSUE OF INSIDE SPORT MAGAZINE - ON SALE THURSDAY, AUGUST 15.