Former NRL star Andrew Johns says Maroons coach Mal Meninga could drop star playmaker Daly Cherry-Evans after his decision to turn his back on a deal with the Gold Coast Titans to remain at Manly.
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Cherry-Evans signed with the Gold Coast for the 2016 season, only to renege on the contract and sign a “lifelong deal” with the Sea Eagles.
The 26-year-old was booed during Manly’s win over Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium on Friday, indicating the mood towards the player in Queensland.
Johns told The Sunday Footy Show that Meninga may snub Cherry-Evans, with the Queensland coach picking his side on behaviour and attitude.
“It is very rare Queenslanders turn on their own, whether that comes into whether Mal Meninga picks him or not (I don’t know),” Johns is quoted as saying by AAP.
“The way that the Queensland fans have responded and treated Daly when he went north, does that come into Mal Meninga’s head when he is picking him for camp?
“When Mal talks about the players he picks and what he wants in the camp, it’s all about attitude, morals and behaviours.
“It will be interesting to see what Mal is thinking.”
Queensland will name its team on Tuesday before heading to Melbourne for Origin II at the MCG on June 17.