The player exodus at the Penrith Panthers has continued with the club granting utility Tyrone Peachey an early release.
He will play out the 2018 season with the Panthers before taking up a deal with the Gold Coast Titans from 2019 for three years.
Since joining the Panthers from the Cronulla Sharks in 2014, Peachey has played 85 games for the club and became a fan favourite.
In the end, the job security offered for Peachey at the Titans was better than Penrith were able to offer.
“Tyrone has been wonderful for our club,” Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould AM said.
“He came to Panthers looking for an opportunity to play NRL football and has now developed into a representative class player.
“The contract at the Titans is a great deal and tremendous security for Tyrone and his young family.”
Despite his move now confirmed, Penrith wants him to finish the 2018 season with a bang.
“At the moment though, he is still a Panther for 2018 and we get to enjoy his football for the rest of the season,” Gould continued.
“Tyrone is looking forward to the year ahead and remains committed to finishing his time here at Panthers on a positive note.”
Titans coach Garth Brennan raved about Tyrone Peachey and the talent he has, as well as what he will bring to the club.
“Tyrone is a player that is versatile and also very skilful,” Brennan said.
“He is a player that when he gets the ball in his hands, people in the crowd stand up and watch.
“He’s been on the edge of higher representative honours and I think he will add another dimension to this side in 2019.
“I’m looking forward to him joining the club next year.”
The Titans are proving that they mean business as they look to reverse their previous ailing fortunes.
“Although Tyrone won’t be with us until next season, his signing demonstrates the club has a long-term plan for success,” club CEO Annesley said.
“This is another major coup for the club and is a further indication that quality experienced players recognise the tremendous potential of the Titans.”