Disillusioned by Daly Cherry-Evans’ backflip, Gold Coast boss Graham Annesley ruled out launching counter bids to departing players Nate Myles and Aidan Sezer.
“That would be double standards,” he said.
Annesley was disappointed that he was alerted via the media of Cherry-Evans’ decision to renege on his lucrative four-year Titans deal.
He said Cherry-Evans did not call him, opting instead to phone Titans coach Neil Henry who had also learned that the playmaker would remain at Manly via reports.
Asked if he was angry, Annesley said: “Disillusioned is a better word than angry.
“You would like to think that when someone makes a commitment that they honour that commitment.
“For his own reasons he has decided not to do that and we can’t do anything about that.”
Five-eighth Sezer linked with Canberra and captain Myles with Manly from next year as a result of Cherry-Evans’ signing with the Titans in March.
But Annesley said Cherry-Evans’ backflip would not prompt them to launch late counter bids ahead of the NRL’s round 13 deadline next week.
“We are in a position where people have made commitments and decisions. We are not about to try and get people to renege on a deal,” he said.
Annesley was not impressed with Cherry-Evans’ managers Chris and Gavin Orr who had reportedly assured the Titans throughout the saga that their star client was still heading to the tourist strip.
And he certainly wasn’t happy that he learned of the decision via the media.
“Daly did call Neil. I got a call from one of his managers after the media had already broken the story,” he said.
“I am very disappointed we weren’t told in the first instance before it hit the media.”
But he tried to defend Cherry-Evans, saying the star halfback “hadn’t broken the rules”.
“I am not sure if this says anything about Daly or his character,” he said.
“We found him to be an honourable and respectful person when we dealt with him and he signed the contract.
“I am not going to cast aspersions on his character.”
Annesley said the only silver lining to the drama was the NRL now planning to abolish the controversial rule whereby players can backflip on a deal until the end of round 13.
“If there is one bright light to come out of this it’s brought about a change in the rules,” he said.
“No club will have to deal with this sort of saga (again).”