Former NSW Origin utility Tyrone Peachey has joined Wests Tigers on a two year deal.
Peachey, who played for the Blues in 2018 and has also represented the Indigenous All Stars, Country Origin and the Prime Minister's XIII, joins Wigan pair Jackson Hastings and Oliver Gildart as the major signings for Michael Maguire's outfit next season.
“I’m really excited to join the club and get stuck into work with Wests Tigers,” Peachey said in a club statement.
“I’ve been really impressed by Madge and the way he approaches the game and I’m looking forward to working under him.
"I know that I perform my best when I’ve got a strong coach who can keep me accountable, and I’ve really enjoyed speaking with him lately."
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Capable of playing at lock, second row or in the halves, Peachey provides great versatility and experience for the Tigers in 2022.
He has made 179 NRL appearances for Cronulla, Penrith and Gold Coast, and was a member of the Titans side that qualified for this year's finals series.
“I’m really pleased to welcome Tyrone to our team and to have his experience and versatility as part of our club,” Maguire said.
“Tyrone is a real competitor in all that he does on and off the field, and he will add a lot to the way that we want to play moving forward.”
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Meanwhile, Fiji prop Kane Evans is set to move to the Super League after being released by the Warriors.
Evans joined the Warriors this season on a two year deal after 117 NRL appearances for the Sydney Roosters and Parramatta. The 29-year-old played 14 matches for the Warriors.
“By mutual agreement we’ve parted ways amicably to enable Kane to pursue opportunities in the Super League,” Warriors recruitment manager Peter O’Sullivan said.
“We thank Kane for the contribution he has made this season and wish him all the best for his future in England.”
In other signings news, St George Illawarra have officially added Moses Suli to their ranks after Manly granted the robust centre a release from the final year of his contract.
Suli has signed until the end of 2024 and he could soon be joined by veteran prop Aaron Woods, who is in talks with the Dragons after the Sharks opted against re-signing the 30-year-old former international.
NSW Origin second-rower Tariq Sims is set to see out his contract next year but he still has permission to look elsewhere. Sims had wanted an extension but St George Illawarra are prioritising the future.
Suli, 23, was targeted by the Dragons after his impressive 2019 season but sacrificed big dollars to remain with the Sea Eagles.
However, with coach Des Hasler preferring Brad Parker and Morgan Harper in the centres, the Tongan international played only 13 games in 2021.
"To secure Moses for the next three years after trying to sign him a couple of seasons back is certainly pleasing," Dragons GM of football Ben Haran said in a club statement.
"Our young outside back talent pool will only benefit from the arrival of Moses."
Suli debuted for the Wests Tigers in 2017, then had an infamously short pre-season stint at Canterbury before joining Manly. He has played 79 NRL matches and scored 14 tries.
As he prepares for his second season in charge, Dragons coach Anthony Griffin has moulded the squad to his liking by also recruiting George Burgess, Jaydn Su'A, Moses Mbye and Francis Molo.
In addition to Suli, Manly have announced Tevita Funa, Jack Gosiewski and Zac Saddler have departed the club on top of the recent confirmation that veteran forward Curtis Sironen was bound for the Super League.
They've retained winger Jorge Taufua and prop Morgan Boyle - both of whom have been impacted by injury in recent times - on one-year deals, as well as snaring front-rower Ethan Bullemor from Brisbane.
After debuting in 2020, 21-year-old Bullemor notched 25 first-grade games for the Broncos and averaged 72 metres per game this year.
"Ethan is a very highly promising player who will add another dimension to our strong forward pack," Hasler said.
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"He is only young and still has plenty to learn but Ethan certainly has the talent and ability to succeed."
Elsewhere, Melbourne have farewelled a slew of players including Sharks-bound Dale Finucane and Nicho Hynes, Bulldogs recruits Josh Addo-Carr and Max King, and Brenko Lee (Brisbane).
Also leaving the minor premiers are Warriors recruit Aaron Pene, Gold Coast-bound Aaron Booth, Judda Turahui, Ryley Jacks, Dan Atkinson and Tyson Smoothy.