Peachey hopes to win over Ti­tans fans once sea­son starts

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RE­LUC­TANT Ti­tans re­cruit Ty­rone Peachey has brushed aside sug­ges­tions he will have to work hard to win over Gold Coast fans af­ter fi­nally link­ing with the club this week.

Peachey was yes­ter­day un­veiled in club colours for the first time at the Ti­tans’ an­nual golf day at Park­wood fol­low­ing a messy con­tract saga.

In March, the Ti­tans trump- eted the util­ity’s sign­ing from 2019 on a three-year deal but fears grew that Peachey may back­flip over fi­nan­cial is­sues.

His man­ager Sam Ay­oub re­fused to guar­an­tee he would hon­our the Gold Coast lead­ing to a war of words with then Ti­tans boss Gra­ham An­nes­ley.

Asked if he thought it would be nec­es­sary to win back fans, the 27-year-old NSW Ori­gin rep­re­sen­ta­tive said: “I hope not. I never said once that I didn’t want to come here. I hope the fans don’t not like me but yeah, I sup­pose when the sea­son starts I can win them over.”

Peachey said he was yet to dis­cuss what po­si­tion he would play for the Ti­tans, hav­ing started at full­back, cen­tre, fiveeighth, hooker, sec­ond-row, lock and on the bench in his 116-game NRL ca­reer.

“I haven’t re­ally thought about it at all,” he said.

“I know we just bought Brian Kelly and he’s a great cen­tre but I haven’t thought about that, I haven’t spo­ken to Brenno (coach Garth Bren­nan) or any­one about what po­si­tion so we’ll see what hap­pens.”

Pushed on if he had a pre­ferred po­si­tion: “Na, what­ever man.”

Peachey is not obliged to start train­ing un­til De­cem­ber 3 but has in­di­cated he will be at the club be­fore then.

Ty­rone Peachey tees off

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