BY NOT re-signing skipper Nate Myles, have the Titans now given Daly Cherry-Evans the perfect exit strategy from his Gold Coast deal?
With round 10 of the NRL being played this weekend, Cherry-Evans has three more weeks to mull over the most public 'will I or won't I' decision in the game.
Will he take up his three-year $4 million-plus contract with the Titans from next year, or will be renege?
Under a much-talked about and unpopular NRL rule, players who agree to join another club for the next season are permitted a 'cooling off' period.
The cut-off time for that re-think is round 13, which kicks off in 21 days from today.
Almost since DCE announced on March 6 that he would be leaving the Sea Eagles and joining the Titans, rumours of a backflip have been rife.
Initially there was no deal on the table from Manly but that changed when his champion halves partner, Kieran Foran, jumped ship to Parramatta.
While Cherry-Evans has given no public indication that he is considering a backflip, at no stage has he delivered a carte-blanche 'I will definitely be honouring my agreement with the Titans'.
And that, naturally, has been fodder for the rumour mill.
But the decision by Myles to leave the Titans and sign with the Sea Eagles is not just damaging to the Gold Coast, it could be fatal.
If Cherry-Evans was not nervous about his move north previously, now he has good reason. Besides being captain of the Titans, Nate Myles is their best forward.
A current Test and Origin prop who is so reliable, the gap between his good and bad game is miniscule.
At the end of last season the Titans also lost experienced forwards Ash Harrison, Luke Bailey and Mark Minichiello, so not throwing everything at Myles to keep him seems incomprehensible.
And with Greg Bird surely on the slippery slope and unlikely to be on the glitter strip next season and Dave Taylor rumoured to be heading to England, Cherry-Evans could find himself playing behind a pop-gun pack in 2016. But if that isn't enough to convince DCE to stay in Sydney, the personal relationships at stake must make Titans management as nervous as kittens.
Not only are Myles and Cherry-Evans close friends but so are their wives and, as the saying goes, happy wife, happy life.
Believe me, this soap opera is far from over.
Yes, yes, yes
WELL done to the NRL for taking no action over the Willie Mason-Korbin Sims incident. Best to let sleeping dogs lie.
No, no, no
HOPEFULLY news that Alex McKinnon is to sue Melbourne Storm and the NRL is just a rumour. Nothing good can come from this.
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