Tyrone Peachey’s already messy relationship with his future employer the Gold Coast Titans has taken yet another sad turn.
With neither side willing to back down from their staunch positions, a verbal slanging match is erupting between Peachey’s camp and the Titans.
The war of words comes after the rep star’s manager initally revealed the former Panther was having second thoughts about joining the Queensland club, with his young family no longer keen to relocate from Sydney.
The Titans eventually responded with a threat to block Peachey from playing at all in the NRL if he refused to honour his three-year contract.
Now, Peachey’s manager Sam Ayoub has fired up in an interview with the The Daily Telegraph, slamming the Titans for privately shopping his client around to rival NRL teams, despite publicly declaring he would be forced to play for the Titans.
“They offered him to another club without his knowledge, not once but twice,” Ayoub told the Telegraph.
“Why would a club do that and why would a player want to play for a club that has done that to him?
“It appears hypocritical that they want to hold onto a player whom they have discretely been trying to offload behind the scenes.”
Ayoub said Peachey remains undecided about joining the Titans, however he stressed they hadn’t asked for a release.
Peachey’s manager also blasted the Titans for their lack of contact and support towards his client.
“Contrary to what the Titans have said in the public, I went and raised Tyrone’s concerns with the club,” he said,” Ayoub told The Daily Telegraph.
“I hoped the concerns would have been addressed six weeks ago but I’ve had nothing come back to me of any constructive nature.
“In fact, there has been no direct contact with the player on any significant level other than to say we want you here and we’ll talk to you.”
Panthers decide on 2019 coach
Penrith are reportedly set to install Cameron Ciraldo as head coach for next year’s NRL as they continue to be linked to Ivan Cleary in the long term.
Ciraldo will remain in charge of the NRL side in 2019 after guiding the Panthers through the final six weeks of the season in a caretaker capacity, according to NRL.com.
The 33-year-old was handed the reins after Anthony Griffin’s sacking four weeks out from the finals.
No coaching announcement is expected on Wednesday but it’s been reported that the club’s board has rubber-stamped Ciraldo’s ascension to the job on a full-time basis.
The club’s move to oust Griffin so late in the season resulted in speculation Cleary was set to exit the Wests Tigers, with two years still to run on his contract.
Cleary stated his promise to “honour” his deal with the joint venture, however, has since refused to answer questions.
It’s believed that the Panthers are readying to offer Cleary the role for 2021 – which is viewed by many as an attempt by Penrith to force the Tigers’ hand and release him.
A coach being signed to a rival club during the final two years of his deal would be seen by many as untenable.
Cleary’s move back to the Penrith job, from which he was axed in 2015, would allow him to team up with his son Nathan, who is expected to sign a contract extension with the club.
The NSW playmaker has reportedly been offered a lucrative deal until the end of 2023 and has stated his desire to sort out his future in the next few weeks.