“I’ve been growing outside of footy”: Tyrone Peachey announces NRL retirement

Tyrone Peachey. Photo: Megan Dunn.
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An emotional Tyrone Peachey has announced his retirement from the NRL.

The Panthers utility – who was 18th man in last year’s Grand Final win over Brisbane – will finish up at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old has spent most of this season in reserve grade, having played just two NRL matches.

“I was battling, I was struggling for a bit and I’ve noticed myself not fully committed to footy,” Peachey revealed on the Peached Podcast.

Peachey recently told the Weekender he was becoming focused on life after footy and pursuing his business interests.

He revealed on the Peached Podcast that he wanted to settle down for the sake of his family, who have “followed him around for 13 years”.

“I’ve been growing outside of footy,” he said.

Tyrone Peachey with his son. Photo: NRL Images.

“I was pretty sad and rattled admitting it to myself. I’ve known it for a while… it’s been hard at training, harder to turn up every day.”

Peachey has played more than 200 NRL games.

He burst onto the scene in 2013 at Cronulla, becoming a major signing coup for the Panthers in 2014.

He joined the Gold Coast for three seasons in 2019 before a season at the Wests Tigers in 2022, and then back to the Panthers in 2023.

He played a key role in the 2023 Premiership-winning season, playing 15 games and scoring 10 tries.

He also represented the Indigenous All Stars, NSW City and in a somewhat forgotten achievement, played all three games in the 2018 Origin series for New South Wales.

Peachey is off-contract at the end of the season.

Troy Dodds

Troy Dodds is the Weekender's Managing Editor and Breaking News Reporter. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia's leading media organisations. In 2023, he was named Editor of the Year at the Mumbrella Publish Awards.

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