Cherry-Evans rumoured to stay at Manly

Rumours have surfaced tonight that Manly’s Test halfback Daly Cherry-Evans, could be about to have a change of heart and stay at Manly.

It was only 6 weeks ago that he decided to sign a very lucrative four-year deal with the Gold Coast Titans after knocking back offers from his current club and the Cronulla Sharks.

His signing came just days after the Titans had been caught up in a drugs investigation and news that the club had gone into administration and were now being controlled by the NRL.

Cherry-Evans’ signing was a major turn in fortunes for the club. In light of his signing, Gold Coast last week allowed talented young half Aidan Sezer to sign with the Canberra Raiders for next season.

But if tonight’s rumour turns out to be true, Cherry-Evans could be set to stay at Manly and the Titans will have lost two talented halfbacks for next year in the space of a week.

However, Gold Coast Titans Chief Executive Graham Annesley released a statement tonight stating that he had spoken with Cherry-Evans’ management team.

“Following media speculation over the last few hours I have spoken directly with Gavin Orr and Chris Orr of Pacific Sports Management. I have been assured that any suggestion Daly Cherry Evans will not be honouring his contract with the Titans is untrue.”

Under the current system, players have a cooling off period up until Round 13 of the current season to opt out of any signed contracts for the following season.

The rumour has been linked to another suggesting that Titans Test forward and club captain Nate Myles is looking to move to Manly for next season and that this decision is allegedly a factor as to why Cherry-Evans has turned his back on the Titans.