SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — SEPTEMBER 09: Tyrone Peachey of the Panthers celebrates scoring a try during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — SEPTEMBER 09: Tyrone Peachey of the Panthers celebrates scoring a try during the NRL Elimination Final match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Penrith Panthers at Allianz Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Titans poised to land another Panther

TITANS coach Garth Brennan's plundering of Penrith is set to continue with clever utility Tyrone Peachey to sign with the Gold Coast within a fortnight.

Peachey will become the latest Panthers player to leave the foot of the Blue Mountains with a one-way ticket to the Gold Coast.

NSW Origin aspirant Bryce Cartwright is expected to train with his Titans teammates for the first time on Friday, joining fellow former Panthers Mitch Rein and Leilani Latu, who have all moved to the Gold Coast since Brennan was appointed coach.

Brennan spent six years at Penrith, guiding the Panthers to under-20s and reserve grade titles before securing his first NRL head coaching gig at the Titans as Neil Henry's successor.

The steady flow of Panthers players to the Gold Coast has not been a coincidence, with Brennan targeting those he believes could thrive at the Titans.

The alternative school of thought is that Panthers boss Phil Gould has found a club to easily offload the players he no longer requires.

Either way, more Panthers products are destined for the Gold Coast and Brennan said his relationship with Gould had not been tested.

"I've made it known publicly the respect I have for Gus and the Penrith Panthers," Brennan said.

"I spent six years trying to build that club up, the last thing I'm going to do is go and tear it apart.

"Everything I've done has been upfront with the Penrith Panthers and Gus. He's been fully aware. I've kept him up to 

speed with everything I've looked at doing.

Peachey has spent the last four seasons with Penrith.
Peachey has spent the last four seasons with Penrith.

"I certainly wouldn't go creating an enemy with Phil Gould, that's for sure."

Peachey, 26, is seeking a release from the final year of his contract, allowing him to play for the Titans from 2019.

Brennan said the deal was not yet finalised and it was unlikely Peachey would arrive on the Gold Coast this season.

"It's not over the line," he said.

"We've spoken with his management and I've spoken with Tyrone. It's now up to whether he wants to come and Penrith are in a position where they still want to let him go.

"The ball's in their court. It's really out of our control now.

"It's certainly not for 2018. I am fully aware that Penrith are not in a position to let him go for 2018 at this point. We're looking more at the future years for 2019 and beyond."

Peachey has spent his 92-game NRL career playing a variety of positions for the Panthers, featuring in the halves, centres and forward pack.

But the lure of a permanent starting spot on the Gold Coast was attractive for Peachey, according to his manager Sam Ayoub.

"There is no deal done yet but I'm hopeful something will be finalised in the next fortnight," he said.

"Tyrone won't be at the Titans this season. If it is to happen, it won't happen until 2019.

"I wouldn't move a player on immediately unless the club wanted him out and in this case, Penrith don't want to force Tyrone out.

"There is a mutual agreement for Tyrone to secure a permanent starting spot and secure a deal that is more worthy of his value.

"We have a good faith arrangement in place with Penrith and Garth Brennan and that's what we are working towards.

"Garth sees Tyrone as a starting player and Tyrone is ready to take the next step in that regard."


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