Sorry to see him go.
There are undoubted benefits, freeing up cash to retain young talent & finally giving Luai a long-awaited & much deserved regular 1st grade gig. And, if Tyrone May is available next year & can put the trauma of this year behind him, he should also figure prominently in the team.
The downside is that neither Luai, Cleary or May have the game management ability that Maloney does. To be fair, not many players do, and to expect it of them so early in their careers is completely unrealistic. Maloney can close out games, act as an on-field coach & is also the bloke who pesters the refs, chats the opposition and lifts the side when things aren’t going well.
His departure will leave a massive hole. His game and people management smarts will be very dificult to replace in the short term.
Having said that, I can well understand that, at 33, he’d like to have a lifestyle change in the south of France. Half his luck.
I hope it all goes well for him & his family. Good luck to him.