Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans has lashed out at the 'agendas' regarding him as leader after the club battles internal turmoil.
Daly Cherry-Evans has been the centre of speculation for weeks as reports emerged of an alleged falling out with the Trbojevic brothers - Tom and Jake - and a reported rift in the playing group over his captaincy style.
And Cherry-Evans has finally broken his silence and addressed the turmoil surrounding Manly and his role.
The captain claimed the thought of leaving the club had 'crossed my mind' during the saga.
But claimed he was allayed of some concerns when speaking to the club about the reported issues.
"I took a lot of satisfaction knowing where I stood," the Manly captain said, while on Tour with the Australian PM XI.
"There are some things I will never be able to control at Manly but the things I can control are the relationships I have with the coaching staff and playing group and the ownership.
"The more it has gone on, the better I have felt about it.
"It just reassured me that what I am doing at this club is the right thing.
"The love I have for the place hasn't changed. I am going to continue to try and get Manly back to finals next year and finish my career there."
Cherry-Evans was asked if it hurt there was a perception he did not get along with some players in the wake of the Pride jersey fiasco that resulted in seven of his teammates refusing to play against the Roosters.
"That was pretty funny to be honest, considering how comfortable I am with all my teammates, let alone the seven that didn't play and the rest of the Polynesian group," he said
"The longer it went on, and the more people I spoke to, the more I realised that these were personal attacks and ... certain agendas."
NRL world reacts to Manly fiasco
However, the NRL 360 panel took exception to Cherry-Evans' comments.
Former Roosters half Braith Anasta and NRL reporter Paul Kent claimed Cherry-Evans was creating uncertainty at the club due to his comments.
“Daly Cherry-Evans said he considered walking away during the latest drama to engulf the Sea Eagles and has hit out at people within the club who are trying to rip it apart,” Anasta said.
NRL reporter Kent was more critical.
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“Come on, this is the captain of the club,” Kent said.
“He started that interview by saying, people want to cause uncertainty at this club. And he ended it by saying ‘I’d be lying if I said leaving didn’t cross my mind’.
“That is uncertainty. The captain is saying it crossed his mind to leave the club, given what is happening within the club."
Veteran NRL reporter Phil Rothfield said the club was at a more uncertain tipping point than it was two weeks ago.
Rothfield added that there is no certainty coach Des Hasler will remain at the club next year.
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