Penrith's Tyrone Peachey backs Shepherd for coach

PENRITH utility Tyrone Peachey has backed caretaker Cronulla coach James Shepherd to shine after the former Under-20s Sharks mentor got the nod to take over from Peter Sharp, who quit on Tuesday.

Peachey, 22, who played under Shepherd in the NYC competition in 2010/11, said the coach had worked wonders for his game.

"He taught me so much, he added so much to my game," Peachey told NRL.com.

"He's a good coach. I think everyone respects him down there. Hopefully they can better themselves."

Peachey, the nephew of former Cronulla great David Peachey, said Shepherd had been a great mentor.

"Shep started when I was in under-20s," he said.

"He kind of got me on a roll and then when I went up to first grade, he helped out a lot with [Shane Flanagan] and Sharpie."

Shepherd's first game in charge will be against the Roosters on Saturday.



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