THE Collins Con­cise Dic­tio­nary de­fines a con­tract as “a for­mal agree­ment be­tween two or more par­ties”.

But those who fol­low the NRL un­der­stand fully that a con­tract, in a sport that is now a busi­ness and pur­ports to be to­tally pro­fes­sional, is gen­er­ally not worth the pa­per on which it is writ­ten.

We could fill a col­umn on this page list­ing the con­tracts bro­ken in re­cent years, of­ten – ad­mit­tedly, and sadly – with the sanc­tion of both par­ties. But even when the par­ties agree to a set­tle­ment, that doesn’t de­tract from the fact a con­tract should be bro­ken only un­der ex­ten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances.

The lat­est con­tract-break­ing rum­bles have come from Pan­thers util­ity Tyrone Peachey.

Ap­par­ently he has had sec­ond thoughts about mov­ing to the Gold Coast for next sea­son and the two years be­yond.

While this cold-feet sit­u­a­tion is not new, the sug­gested rea­son is one not trot­ted out pre­vi­ously – not that I can re­call, any­way.

Peachey and his part­ner are plan­ning to have a sec­ond child.

Yep, that is ap­par­ently at the crux of this veiled threat to break a three-year con­tract – worth a re­ported $1.5 mil­lion – which was inked be­fore a ball was kicked in sea­son 2018.

Os­ten­si­bly what Peachey, through man­ager Sam Ay­oub, is telling the Ti­tans is that he and his parner may be­come home­sick. The rea­son­ing: part­ners of other play­ers who have moved north to the sand and the surf have found it dif­fi­cult be­ing away from their fam­ily sup­port.

I con­cede I’m a di­nosaur and from an­other era to those of Gen Y, but can th­ese peo­ple be fair dinkum, and do they ex­pect oth­ers to treat them se­ri­ously?

Peachey has played 112 NRL games and is a Blues Ori­gin rep.

He left his home­town of Welling­ton in coun­try NSW to move to Cronulla be­fore grad­u­at­ing from high school in 2009. Now, at 27 years of age, he’s fear­ful of home sick­nesses?

Okay, so maybe it’s his part­ner who is ac­tu­ally the one with cold feet. Af­ter all, mov­ing away from fam­ily and friends is never easy. But I sug­gest a damn lot of air­fares can be pur­chased from what the tax­man leaves from a $500K an­nual salary.

Per­haps Tyrone’s part­ner should have taken a leaf from the book of Sa­man­tha Lynch, the spouse of Johnathan Thurston. When JT re­turned from Syd­ney in 2013 to in­form his then preg­nant wife-to-be he was head­ing to the Pan­thers, she told him he would be go­ing on his own.

Iron­i­cally, JT is also man­aged by Sam Ay­oub, who back then had the pres­ence of mind to stall on the le­gal­i­ties of a con­tract, be­liev­ing his client might have sec­ond thoughts. The is­sue was quickly set­tled, with­out fan­fare, and JT stayed.

But Peachey has had six months to mull over his Ti­tans deal be­fore rais­ing this re­cent co­nun­drum, so the ques­tion needs to be asked – why now?

Surely, he isn’t just bluffing, and merely fishing for a fi­nan­cial sweet­ener?

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