Peachey: ‘I hope the fans don’t not like me’
BLASE. It's the word that best describes Tyrone Peachey's first interview as a Titan.
Peachey headed out onto the Parkwood International course for the Gold Coast NRL club's annual golf day on Friday before answering questions about the move north from Penrith that had long appeared in grave doubt.
Back in March, the Titans trumpeted the utility's signing from 2019 on a three-year deal, but a saga would later unfold as fears grew that Peachey might backflip.
The 27-year-old NSW Origin representative was relaxed about the prospect of having to win back fans at his new club.
"I hope not," he said, before pausing, when asked if he felt that was necessary.
"I never said once that I didn't want to come here and the media just blew it out of proportion.
"I hope the fans don't not like me, but yeah, I suppose when the season starts I can win them over."
To brush off the drama wholly as speculation is not quite right - if there wasn't something at play, then why would he and his manager Sam Ayoub not 100 per cent guarantee at the time that they would honour the contract?
And why would a war of words lead then Titans boss Graham Annesley to go to the lengths of openly saying: "Tyrone either plays with us ... or he will have to sit on the sidelines for three years."
Anyway, Peachey is at the club now and he's there to stay.
He was not quite sure exactly what number he would have on his back next year, though, having started at fullback, centre, five-eighth, hooker, second-row, lock and on the bench in his 116-game NRL career.
"I haven't really thought about it at all," he said.
"I know we just bought Brian Kelly and he's a great centre but I haven't thought about that, I haven't spoken to Brenno (coach Garth Brennan) or anyone about what position so we'll see what happens."
Pushed on if he had a preferred position: "Na, whatever man."
Peachey did speak more keenly about linking up with Brennan again as well as newly appointed head of performance and culture Mal Meninga, who he first met in the recent representative season when he came close to making his debut for Australia.
"Everyone wants to play finals football … hopefully (I can) bring that experience to make the finals and do something special," he said.
"We have got a lot of good recruits here and everyone seems to get along so it's a beautiful club."
Peachey is not obliged to start training until December 3 but has indicated he will be present at Titans headquarters before then.