NSW Origin star Tyrone Peachey confirms he wants out
NSW State of Origin star Tyrone Peachey appears set to be a gun for hire after confirming he wants out of his signed contract with the Gold Coast Titans.
The 27-year-old was under contract with the Panthers through to the end of the 2019 season — but signed a three-year deal with the Titans to begin in 2019.
The Panthers supported his decision to move to the Titans — aware they could not match the huge money offered by the Titans.
That money clearly wasn’t enough.
Peachey confirmed on Wednesday he wants out of the three-year deal reportedly worth $1.5 million and has instructed manager Sam Ayoub to kill the contract.
Peachey’s unease at moving to the Titans was first reported earlier this season after he revealed his family was having second thoughts about moving away from their family circles to link up with former Penrith assistant coach Garth Brennan on the Gold Coast.
He said he’d prefer to stay in Penrith and recently bought a house in western Sydney.
“I love this club. They gave me this opportunity to play consistent first grade and I wouldn’t have left if I didn’t have to,” he said.
“We just built in Penrith so my missus is really comfortable at our new place. I spoke to my manager and told him what I wanted to happen.
“I just want to worry about Penrith at the moment and we’ll figure it all out. I told him I don’t want to talk about it.
“I have my full faith and trust in him making the right decision for me. Wherever I need to be, I’ll be.”
Unfortunately, Penrith may not be able to squeeze Peachey under their salary cap next season.
The Daily Telegraph reported two weeks ago the Panthers wouldn’t be able to find room on their books for next year if he did decide to backflip on the Titans.
The Panthers are still fighting to re-sign Nathan Cleary, James Fisher-Harris, Waqa Blake and Jarome Luai. However, the Panthers last week lost forward Corey Harawira-Naera to the Bulldogs — potentially boosting the club’s ability to re-sign.
However, Peachey’s decision to burn the Titans means rival Sydney clubs can now swoop in and trump the Panthers’ offer.
Great to see Tyrone Peachey be honest about this today after a series of denials. Expect Wests Tigers to make major play for Tyrone if he can’t stay at Panthers. https://t.co/MoolKuveGw— Chris Garry (@ChrisGarry7) September 12, 2018
There have already been reports the Wests Tigers will be preparing to make a play for Peachey if the Panthers can’t find the salary cap space to retain him.