Henry welcomes proposed rule change
He is counting down the days until Daly Cherry-Evans officially becomes a Titan and as such Gold Coast coach Neil Henry has welcomed the move to scrap the contentious 'Round 13' rule.
The NRL has on Tuesday proposed that the timeframe which allows players to renege on a contract with a new club until the completion of Round 13 be scrapped in favour of a 10-day cooling off period.
The recommendation is that a contract will be registered with the NRL once the 10-day cooling off period has passed, which in the case of Cherry-Evans would have prevented months of speculation that he may stay at Manly rather than honouring his deal with the Titans.
Cherry-Evans has said nothing since signing with the Titans on March 6 to indicate that he was even considering back-flipping on the Gold Coast deal to stay with the Sea Eagles but has left the door slightly ajar for Manly to make a counter offer.
If approved by the Rugby League Players Association that period for a player to reconsider his options will now be significantly reduced, a move Henry is adamant is best for all involved.
"Anything's better than what it is," said Henry. "I think a 10-day cooling off is fine. That's enough time to consider your position and possibly enough time for a club to make a counter offer.
"Normally that's all done by then. By the time most players make their decision it's pretty well a considered decision nowadays, particularly the marquee players.
"I'm just hopeful that they resolve it so we're not in this farcical situation again."
Cherry-Evans and other players such as Kieran Foran, Trent Merrin, Issac Luke, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Joey Leilua have until next Wednesday to change their minds on whether they move clubs in 2016.
In previous years the likes of James Tedesco, Josh Papalii and Luke Lewis have used the Round 13 clause to remain at their existing clubs but the attention on Cherry-Evans's decision has been something of a lightning rod for the issue.
Henry reiterated on Triple M last weekend that he had had no contact with Cherry-Evans since the signing was trumpeted four months ago and that the constant speculation had not contributed to his team's current three-game losing streak.
"We haven't even talked about it. That's next year and Daly and I haven't even had a conversation," Henry said. "We decided early on that I'd get on with my stuff and he'd get on with his and that's the way it should be.
"Time will tell, it's looming, next Wednesday. I'll have my clock set for Wednesday at midnight."