Daly Cherry-Evans has revealed he had agreed to terms with the Manly Sea Eagles beyond 2015 before a change in club management resulted in the deal being pulled off the table.
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Cherry-Evans on Saturday announced his decision to join the Gold Coast Titans in 2016 on a four-year deal reportedly worth $1 million per season.
The playmaker was set to ink a new deal and stay with the Sea Eagles, however he was offered a cut-price deal by new management.
“Yeah, it’s funny to think, it really blows my mind, that I was all but signed, sealed and delivered with Manly,” Cherry-Evans is quoted as saying by The West Australian.
“Obviously management changed and the deal became restructured. And it just accumulated that I was given options to look elsewhere and that obviously enticed me.”
Cherry-Evans denies playing a role in the Glenn Stewart’s decision to leave the club.
“I can only say that is a common misconception, I have received a lot of support from my teammates not only now but various times at the club when things have not been going well,” the 26-year-old said.
“Surely you can’t think it comes from within the playing groups so it is quite confusing where it all comes from.”