It’s been rumoured for a while, but today it became official: Panthers utility Tyrone Peachey wants out from his contract with the Titans.
According to a report on nrl.com, Peachey has instructed his manager to request a release on compassionate grounds, because his wife is pregnant with their second child, and he doesn’t want to uproot his family from Western Sydney.
Unfortunately for Peachey, it mightn’t be that easy.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the Titans have politely refused Peachey’s request (admittedly, we added the ‘politely’), with Titans CEO Graham Annesley saying “You could imagine if the situation was reversed… how well would that go down?” (We’re speculating, but you’d imagine that if the situation were indeed reversed and Annesley’s employer refused his resignation and forced him to stay against his will for three years, that he’d probably be unimpressed; but that’s obviously not the “reversed situation” he had in mind.)
The situation gets even messier, with Peachey expressing his preference to remain with the Panthers, who’ve previously stated that they have no room left for him in the salary cap.
Admittedly, they’ve since released second-rower Corey Harawira-Naera, but it’s doubtful that his money would get close to satisfying an Origin star such as Peachey.
As a result, if he does secure a release (which is no sure thing), he may be forced to move clubs.
Peachey has played 115 first grade games for the Panthers, and 3 Origins for New South Wales.