Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
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The Wests Tigers recently lost versatile former representative player Moses Mbye to the St George Illawarra Dragons and had a big hole to fill.
It seems that they have successfully done this by signing a player well and truly in Mbye’s mould, as the club confirmed today that they had signed Tyrone Peachy from the Gold Coast Titans on a two-year deal.
Peachey spoke publicly about signing with the Tigers via the club’s website.
“I’m really excited to join the club and get stuck into work with Wests Tigers,” Peachey said.
“I’ve been really impressed by Madge and the way he approaches the game and I’m looking forward to working under him. I know that I perform my best when I’ve got a strong coach who can keep me accountable, and I’ve really enjoyed speaking with him lately.
“I’m pretty keen to work too with a lot of the young talent at the club.
“I’ve been through the process of seeing young players step up into the NRL and what needs to change for the club to be successful. It’s a good chance for me to not only help on the field but also give the young players some direction and help this team play finals footy.
OFFICIAL — Wests Tigers are pleased to announce the signing of experienced utility Tyrone Peachey, effective immediately. 🍑🐯https://t.co/hcpKMySwah
— Wests Tigers (@WestsTigers) October 8, 2021
“Wests Tigers is a big club and a pretty special club with its history — it deserves to be competing in the big games every year and I can’t wait to help us do that.”
Peachey’s ability to play at fullback, five-eighth, lock and in the centres will make him the perfect 14 for the Tigers going forward, or possibly a strike centre alongside other new signing Oliver Gildart from the Wigan Warriors.
Head coach Michael Maguire has also emphasised the importance of his versatility.
“I’m really pleased to welcome Tyrone to our team and to have his experience and versatility as part of our club,” Maguire said.
“Tyrone is a real competitor in all that he does on and off the field, and he will add a lot to the way that we want to play moving forward.”
The signing of Peachey also provides an indicator as to Luke Brooks’ stance at the club, with Adam Doueihi and 2019 Man of Steel Jackson Hastings locking down the halves and Peachey likely to play at 14, Brooks could be without a role in the side next season.