Gold Coast boss Graham Annesley says he is disappointed he learned of Daly Cherry-Evans’ decision to renege on a lucrative four-year deal with the Titans via the media.
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Cherry-Evans backflipped on the deal just one day after the NRL announced it would scrap the ’round 13′ rule which allows players to pull out of deals halfway through the season.
Annesley said that whilst he acknowledged Cherry-Evans had called Titans coach Neil Henry of the decision, he said he was left “disillusioned” after finding out through news reports.
“You would like to think that when someone makes a commitment that they honour that commitment,” Annesley is quoted as saying by AAP.
“For his own reasons he has decided not to do that and we can’t do anything about that.”
Annesley went on to admit that Cherry-Evans had not broken any rules and said he would not “cast aspersions” over the Test representative’s character.
“I am not sure if this says anything about Daly or his character,” he said.
“We found him to be an honourable and respectful person when we dealt with him and he signed the contract.
“I am not going to cast aspersions on his character.”
Cherry-Evans yesterday said his decision to remain at Manly was made in the best interests of his family.
“When all is said and done I’ve gone through a lot of personal pain with this,” Cherry-Evans is quoted as saying by the ABC.
“But I know it is all beneficial for me and my family with the long-term outcome.”