Two NRL greats believe that the most penalised player in the competition is the outstanding choice to captain the Titans in 2016.
He was pinned as the poster boy for a new golden age for rugby league on the Gold Coast so it was little wonder Titans officials looked so disconsolate.
Daly Cherry-Evans said he always "left the door open" for Manly to offer him another contract to stay.
There have been some memorable games in Perth between these two sides over the years, and Saturday's Rabbitohs-Warriors clash should be no different.
Two teams out to snap losing streaks face off on Saturday afternoon, with the Knights getting two key players back and desperate to turn things around.
Melbourne has been dealt a blow ahead of Saturday night's clash with Penrith with winger Marika Koroibete set to miss the next six weeks with a fractured thumb.
If the Wests Tigers and Gold Coast Titans don't start climbing the ladder soon their hopes for a fruitful 2015 season will be ripped to shreds.
Canberra CEO Don Furner is confident Aidan Sezer's three-year deal with the NRL club remains rock solid despite Daly Cherry-Evans' backflip.
Daly Cherry-Evans has sensationally announced a new contract with the Manly Sea Eagles, despite initially agreeing to join the Gold Coast Titans next season.
A desperate Manly travel north for the second week running to take on another Queensland-based side currently high on the ladder and even higher in confidence.