Off-contract centre Tyrone Peachey is still undecided on his playing future beyond 2018 following reports that he backflipped on a three-year deal with the Titans.
Peachey discussed his future with the media on Wednesday, stating he was still weighing up his options.
“I love this club. They gave me this opportunity to play consistent first grade and I wouldn’t have left if I didn’t have to,” Peachey said.
“We’ve just built in Penrith and the missus is real comfortable in that place.
“I spoke to my manager and told him what I want to happen.
“I also told him I don’t want to worry about anything until the end of the year.
“I just want to worry about Penrith for the moment and we’ll figure the rest out at the end of the year.”
Peachey confirmed he still has a deal in place with Gold Coast in an interview with Chanel Nine.
“All my family and friends were texting me stressing,” Peachey said.
“No, no confusion, I think they just might have misread it.
“It’s a bit crazy today what happened in the media — they’re all saying I’m staying but I’ve got a contract on the Goldy and I’m heading up there.”
Outgoing Titans boss Graham Annesley was adamant that Peachey will be at the Gold Coast in 2019.
“The situation is that he’s got a legally binding contract with the Titans and of course we expect him to honour it,” Annesley said.
“We’ve made a lot of recruitment and retention decisions off the back of his signing and we expect him to be here later this year.
“How could we (release him?) Where would we find another player of that quality on the market? Players like that don’t exist at this stage of the year.”
It is understood that the Panthers can not accommodate for Peachey’s deal should he wish to remain at the club, meaning he may sign with another Sydney club.
“I’m not too sure (if I can stay). I’ve got no idea what’s happening,” Peachey said.
“I spoke to my manager and I told him I don’t want to worry about anything until after the year I can’t really tell you much there.
“It might be my last year so I just want to finish on a good note.”