Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Charlie Staines burst onto the scene at the Penrith Panthers in 2020 when he scored an astonishing four tries on his debut against the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks.
He then went on to sporadically play in the NRL for Penrith until the end of 2020 where he remained a try-scoring machine.
After an impressive first season Staines was rewarded with a lucrative contract extension and a starting spot for the Panthers.
Unfortunately, Staines would succumb to second-season syndrome and find himself back on the periphery of the first-grade squad by the end of last season.
The Forbes native is currently contracted until the Panthers until the end of 2023 but could part ways with the club a year early as The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Penrith are in discussions with the Wests Tigers about a trade deal that would see Staines move to Concord and none other than Tyrone Peachey return to the Panthers.
Peachey debuted for Ivan Cleary’s side in 2014 where he would cement himself as a consistent first grader and eventually a representative player when he debuted for the New South Wales Blues in the 2018 State of Origin series.
— Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) September 2, 2022
Since then his form has dipped during a stint at the Gold Coast Titans and now at the Wests Tigers.
Rumours have been circulating for a while now that Peachey is looking for a move away from the Tigers after only joining the club at the start of this season on a two-year deal.
A change of scenery could do both these players some good. Staines has found himself further down the pecking order than expected at Penrith and would receive more game time at the Tigers, while Peachey would undoubtedly jump at the opportunity to return to the premiers.
We may not see this deal be completed for though as the Panthers will want no distractions heading into the 2022 NRL finals series and Staines will likely play for Samoa in the Rugby League World Cup and may not want to sort out his future until he has returned from England after the tournament.