Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan believes Tyrone Peachey has done enough to retain his NSW jumper after his versatile display in the Titans' NRL romp over Newcastle.
Former Penrith livewire Peachey made his Blues debut last year as a bench utility but had hardly made NSW coach Brad Fittler sit up and take notice in 2019 after a quiet season start in the centres for new club Gold Coast.
However, Brennan believed Peachey gave Fittler a not so subtle reminder of his talents in the Titans' 38-14 victory on Sunday at Cbus Super Stadium.
Peachey emerged as the Titans' Mr Fixit after Brennan was forced to reshuffle his line-up due to injuries.
Peachey started in the centres but ended up in the back-row after captain Ryan James suffered a knee injury in just the 12th minute.
"I spoke to him at halftime and said sorry after changing him from one side to the other, back and forth and put him in the back-row," Brennan said.
"He said 'coach I do whatever is best for the team'.
"I am sure Freddy (Fittler) was watching today and thought 'he is the best utility in the game and he has to be in my Origin team'."
While Fittler may yet retain Peachey on the Blues bench, Brennan had no plans for his star recruit to feature on the bench any time soon despite talking up the ex-Panther's utility value.
"Teams usually have a utility bench player who can play back-row, centre, wing," Brennan said.
"Well, we have a handy one in Tyrone but he is too good to be on the bench.
"But if there is an injury to a forward Tyrone is more than confident of being put in on that edge."
Peachey may yet find himself in the back-row again with Gold Coast's forward depth set to be tested in the coming weeks.
Brennan was already reeling from the loss of forwards Kevin Proctor (quad/hip) and Keegan Hipgrave (back) prior to kick-off on Sunday before skipper James broke down.
Scans on Tuesday will determine the full extent of inspirational forward James' injury but Brennan feared it may be season-ending.
Queensland prop Jarrod Wallace also has another week to serve of his two game ban for a dangerous throw.
Australian Associated Press