Reports suggested that Cherry-Evans notified his teammates of his desire to remain at Brookvale following rumours of the Broncos’ interest, with the 32-year-old contracted with Manly until the end of the next year.
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“There was a rumour he was going to Souths,” Fittler said.
Johns replied: “I heard that rumour too, that he was going to Souths. He really enjoyed being coached by Wayne [Bennett].”
The Rabbitohs are set to lose their own captain and star halfback, with Adam Reynolds on the brink of signing a three-year, $2.4 million deal with Cronulla.
Cherry-Evans is the latest name to be brought into the halfback transfer frenzy, with Chad Townsend and Tom Dearden already set for moves to North Queensland, while Shaun Johnson and Mitch Moses join Reynolds in being linked to multiple clubs, namely the Broncos.