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After three years contracted with the Cornish Pirates, full-back/wing Maliq Holden is leaving the club.
Liverpool-born, it was announced in May 2018 that the now 25-year-old had signed for the Pirates after having completed his Hartpury College and University education.
Maliq is also a former Netherlands international at under 17,18, and 19 levels, plus he has represented England Students and Bristol United in the A League.
A deserved recipient of the club’s ‘Most Improved Player’ award in 2020, and the ‘Community Player of the Year’ in 2021, in total Maliq made 29 appearances for the Cornish Pirates.
With reference to Maliq’s departure, joint head coach Gavin Cattle has said:
Maliq has developed hugely since he originally arrived to us from Hartpury. He has shown himself to be a good man not just on the field but also off it and having really added to the Pirates environment during his tenure we extend to him our very best wishes in his future rugby career.
Maliq also commented:
As a special three years comes to an end for me at the Cornish Pirates, I have nothing but thanks and gratitude to every single person associated with the club. Having never visited Cornwall before signing for Pirates, it is a place that will forever stay in my heart.
Huge thanks must go out to the coaches and backroom staff who have held the club together in the last year, my teammates who will be friends for life, and finally the fans who made me feel so welcome in this beautiful county.
I look forward to visiting and playing at the Mennaye Field in the future and hopefully seeing some of the fans who we have missed so much this season. Meur ras.
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