Gold Coast culture-and-performance boss Mal Meninga has suggested he won’t stand in Tyrone Peachey’s way if the struggling Titans utility wants to return to the Penrith Panthers.
Tyrone Peachey is reportedly seeking an immediate release from the Titans and could rejoin Penrith before June 30 despite being only six months into a rich three-year deal on the Gold Coast.
The 27-year-old signed a three-year deal with the Titans last season, but there has been speculation that he regretted signing the contract and wanted to remain at Penrith.
It is believed on Saturday that Peachey’s manager, Sam Ayoub, has begun discussions with the Titans about allowing Peachey to walk on compassionate grounds.
It’s understood Ayoub is also in contact with the Panthers, who now have spare cash and the need for a classy outside back after officially cutting ties with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak on Friday.
It was reported that Peachey fronted Mal Meninga, who is the Titans head of performance and culture, last week to reveal personal issues he is currently dealing with.
“They (Penrith) would like him to be there so we will get through this game against the Broncos and see what we do this week,” Meninga, who said Peachey has not formally requested a release, told The Courier Mail.
“…He is torn, he wants to fulfil his contract but there’s a few personal issues to sort through.”
Peachey never wanted to leave Penrith and the club wished to keep the utility, but salary cap pressures led to him signing with the Titans.
The 27-year-old owns property in the western Sydney area and his family are said to be unhappy on the Gold Coast.
Peachey’s release would free up valuable funds for Gold Coast and it has been suggested from a source close to the club that the Titans are willing to part ways if they are comfortable with the terms of his departure.
Despite the speculation, Peachey came off the bench to play a role in the Titans’ upset 26-18 win on Sunday over Brisbane.
Peachey played 58 minutes and made 24 tackles as Gold Coast picked up just their fourth victory of the season.
It is understood that a decision on his future on the Gold Coast is expected to be decided on the coming weeks as the two clubs work to an agreement.