Daly Cherry-Evans’ decision to backflip on his deal with the Gold Coast Titans could see him targeted by his own fans in the second State of Origin clash later this month, says Queensland Rugby League boss Peter Betros.
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Cherry-Evans announced on Wednesday that he has reneged on his deal to join the Titans in 2016 after being tabled a “lifelong deal” by current club Manly.
The 26-year-old has faced major criticism for his decision, and Betros says Maroons fans would not take it lightly.
“I don’t doubt Queensland people will probably frown upon him for a while but I don’t think it is a death sentence,” Betros is quoted as saying by AAP.
“He will cop some criticism but I think it will die down eventually.”
Cherry-Evans’ decision left Titans boss Graham Annesley fuming, saying he found out about the playmaker’s backflip through the media rather than from Cherry-Evans himself.
“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.”
Cherry-Evans 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.”