- Aug 28, 2011
It is fair to say that the change in management at the time hampered the attempts to re-sign these two players, If Arko had been in charge it would have been a fair offer and if not leave! The club was played especially by Foran and it destroyed the 15 season. Our team at the time was ageing and DCE and Foran were the future. The fact that we had to scramble and retain DCE on outrageous money shows you that the club was in a total mess. I hated that season when it was obvious that Foran resented being with us and he played accordingly. The lesson from that time is no player is bigger than the club and I hope that is what happens at our club in future.!Foran was the one who played ducks and drakes, not Cherry.
DCE was all set to sign a reported 3-4 year, $750k per year offer at the end of 2014 but the club pulled the offer because someone (one guess who.....) convinced them that Foran was the better option. DCE was allowed to shop around while the club concentrated on Foran. Problem was that by that stage Foran had already made up his mind that he was off to join Choc and Daddy Arthur at Doesn't-matta. The club realised it had made a mistake when Foran announced he was off to the Worms, by which time Cherry had already announced his signing with the Gold Coast. We'd suddenly lost both of our premiership winning, international halves in one foul swoop and the only way we could get one of them (DCE) back was to match the Titans $1m per year contract and then some.
Cherry never wanted to leave and said so a number of times. He only ended up signing with the Gold Coast because he was told that he was unwanted at Manly.