Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Since joining the Gold Coast Titans in 2019, Tyrone Peachey’s career has been a rollercoaster, to say the least; however, his time at the club looks to be coming to an end.
Peachey is off-contract at the end of 2021, and the Daily Telegraph’s Phil “Buzz” Rothfield is reporting that the Parramatta Eels are in talks with the former New South Wales State of Origin representative about joining the club next season.
It is believed that Peachey is currently on $600,000 per season and that the Titans were only willing to offer him $200,000 to remain on the Gold Coast, not to mention the speculation that the 30-year-old wants to move back to Sydney.
This season, Peachey has scored five tries, broken 46 tackles, averaged six hit ups per game, made 472.5 post contact metres, averaged 98 running metres per game and made 448 tackles for an efficiency rate of 92%.
At the Eels, the former Wellington Cowboy would most likely be used as the club’s bench utility due to his versatility and ability to play just about anywhere in the backline and at lock too, but if they don’t play him there then he could play in the centres over an out of form Tom Opacic or Waqa Blake, who seems to be Parramatta fans’ favourite player to hate in recent times.
He could also be the backup half for Dylan Brown and Mitchell Moses.
At 30-years-old, Peachey’s opportunity to rekindle past form and push for a representative jersey is fast dwindling, and he seems unable to make a consistent impact at the Titans, so a fresh start at a new club would greatly benefit him, especially moving to a Sydney based club like Parramatta, where he and his partner would be much closer to family.
We can’t forget the speculation from back in 2018, where it was believed Peachey’s partner was unhappy that he had signed with the Titans, as she wanted to remain in Penrith, which led to reports that he was trying to get out of his deal with the Gold Coast side.