THE Gold Coast Titans copped Daly Cherry-Evans' backflip on the chin, but privately they were filthy the Manly halfback had sold them down the river and broken his word.
The club certainly wasn't impressed Cherry-Evans left it until a few hours before Manly announced he had accepted a "lifetime contract", which it refused to give details about, before contacting a gutted Titans coach Neil Henry to break the bad news.
It was a major kick in the guts for the Titans which thought they had offered the 26-year-old playmaker plenty of job and financial security with a four-year deal worth around $5.5 million.
Cherry-Evans was correct when he said he had played within the NRL's rules in waiting for Manly's final offer, which forced his late change of heart, after he had pledged his allegiance to the Gold Coast in early March.
But money talks, and the Sea Eagles star said the offer from Manly, which is understood to have included the club captaincy when Jamie Lyon relinquishes the role, as well as the chance to be a 'one-club player', tipped the scales.
A solemn Titans boss Graham Annesley and a less than impressed Henry were anything but forgiving when they fronted the media.
"Disillusioned is a better word than angry," Annesley said. "You'd think when someone commits they'll honour that commitment."
For Henry it was another kick in the stomach after Manly lured club captain Nate Myles to the Sea Eagles.
"You sign a deal and shake a hand, you say a deal is done and it's not," the coach said.
" I don't know what that says to other players."
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