BY A.J NASH
Manly Sea Eagles legend Anthony Watmough has destroyed former teammate and current Eagles captain Daly Cherry-Evans in an amazing interview on the Hello Sport podcast.
Watmough – a former Australian and New South Wales State of Origin forward – says DCE “turned into a f*****” after his rookie season in 2011.
According to Watmough, Cherry-Evans was demanding a massive pay rise at the bequest of his manager which Watmough took offense to.
“I said to him ‘mate, you know what we’ve (senior playing group) sacrificed to stay together – to be successful,” Watmough said.
“’Your time will come’ and he just looked me straight in the eye and went ‘nah, not turning up’. So I just went ‘f*** you’.
“He just signed a four-year deal and he didn’t turn up to training.
“He said his manager told him not to.
“His idiot manager signed him for five years on no money because nobody thought he was good.
“In the end Geoff Toovey (then the coach of Manly) succumbed to the board and he was put on $500,000 after being on $50,000.
“Toovey chose the board and one player over the rest of the players and that’s where he lost me.”
Watmough also spoke about Toovey’s predecessor, premiership-winner Des Hasler who left the club for a job at Canterbury. Hasler left behind a mess at Brookvale and a long list of back-ended contracts.
“He burned a lot of bridges and certain players won’t speak to him again,” Watmough added.
“I haven’t spoken to him since he left.”