Former Origin halfback Peter Wallace likes look of Peachey
FORMER NSW Origin halfback Peter Wallace says exciting Penrith team mate Tyron Peachey is a "pretty special" player with a huge future.
And after the 22 year-old's two-try eye-catcher at the weekend against Parramatta, he could be on the way to reaching the same heights as his uncle David Peachey who was one of rugby league's great entertainers before retiring in 2007 after 266 games for Cronulla, Souths and Widnes.
David set the bar very high for his nephew by scoring 117 tries in 257 NRL games, but on what Tyrone displayed in just his third starting game for Penrith, and the 17th of his budding career on Friday night, the sky could be the limit.
Like his uncle and another Indigenous star Preston Campbell, the newest Peachey on the NRL block has that rare turn of speed, dazzling footwork and an unpredictability that strikes fear into his rivals.
Wallace, who has played with some exceptionally talented players including Darren Lockyer at Brisbane, said he wasn't a bit surprised by what he saw from young Peachey after watching him during the pre-season when he joined the club from the Broncos.
"He's pretty special. I'm not sure he knows what he is doing sometimes on the field though," Wallace, who played the last of his four Origin games in 2009, told APN.
"Just the way he moves, his balance, blinding speed and his footwork. He leaves blokes standing, he is very special.
"There is not much of him, but he's a pretty dangerous guy."
Born in Wellington in NSW, Peachey played seven games for Cronulla last season before being lured to the foot of the mountains where the Panthers are building a team for the future under coach Ivan Cleary and club boss Phil Gould.
Wallace, who launched his NRL career with Penrith in 2005 before playing 139 games for Brisbane, is back home and has formed a strong halves partnership with Dragons cast-off Jamie Soward, who like Wallace has a new lease of life under Cleary.
Their contrasting playing styles, personalities and combined 350 games of NRL experience has proven a winner for the Panthers (16 points) who only have Canterbury (18 points) ahead of them on the premiership ladder after winning seven of their first 11 games.
"I really enjoying playing with him (Soward). We've got different games but we compliment each other," Wallace said.
Penrith's transformation into premiership contender - after finishing second-last in 2012 - continued yesterday with winger Josh Mansour ingnoring overtures from Canberra to re-sign until the end of 2016, and promising Rabbitohs hooker Apisai Koroisau agreeing to a two-year deal with the Panthers.