DCE considered ‘too aggressive’ during pay talks

It's been revealed Manly skipper Daly Cherry-Evans was so confronting during the NRL's pay cut negotiations that league headquarters and the RLPA did not want him to be a part of the discussions.

NRL clubs last week took a deal to receive a $2.5 million rescue payment, while players were forced to take a 75 per cent pay cut for the remainder of the season as part of the deal.

During the discussions, it was reported Cherry-Evans was very vocal in his displeasure towards CEO Todd Greenberg and the executive team over the NRL's financial position.

NRL Reporter Danny Weidler revealed the halfback was seen as "too aggressive" as he took on Greenberg with hard-hitting questions.

 Daly Cherry-Evans

"Cherry-Evans took the NRL on and asked them some really hard questions and it got to the point where they didn't want Cherry-Evans to be part of ongoing meetings," told The Big Sports Breakfast.

"No one will come out and say that is definitely the case, but he was considered too volatile and too aggressive for the players in a lot of ways with the stance he was taking and the passion he was speaking with."

Speaking to Nine News yesterday, Cherry-Evans said that he and his fellow players were left wondering why they should take the brunt of the NRL's cost-cutting measures.

"We were going to get hit no matter what, but the question has to be asked: should we have been hit this hard? Clubs and players are going to take the brunt of this," he said.

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"Once the first round of numbers came out I had a lot of teammates call me and ask if it was true because some of (them) are living paycheck to paycheck.

"Keeping that in mind, I thought I've definitely got an obligation to try and make sure that I'm fighting for my teammates and fighting for the whole playing group."

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