Tigers recruit Jackson Hastings has revealed he has no issues with any Sea Eagles players, including Daly Cherry-Evans, after he left the club controversially in 2018.
Hastings have fell out with a number of senior players following an altercation with the Manly captain, prompting then coach Trent Barrett to refuse to pick Hastings in first grade.
While he may have smoothed things over with his former teammates, Hastings revealed he has never had a conversation with Barrett.
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“I don’t know. I haven’t spoken to Trent since I got flicked,” Hastings said to the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I don’t hold grudges. I get over things pretty quickly. I understand I’ve let myself down on a few occasions and put myself in situations where I deserved a lot of what I got. There were also a lot of things I didn’t deserve and copped.
“We don’t really have any sort of relationship. I don’t speak to him, but I don’t wish anything bad upon him.”
Hastings went abroad and reignited his career after his Manly departure, winning the competition’s best player award, the Man of Steel, as well as a Super League title before making an NRL return with the Tigers in 2022.
Ahead of the Tigers and Sea Eagles clash at 4 Pines Park, Hastings revealed he and Cherry-Evans had no issues even before his move to England.
“I’m perfectly fine with Daly. We had a 15-minute chat after the Manly trial, he asked how my family was going and I asked the same questions,” Hastings said.
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“Daly is a fantastic player and leader. He helped me a lot with my game. It would have been great to get a bit of time alongside him and play with him – I feel like our games would have complemented each other well.
“I’ve got no grudges with Manly. I’ve got no grudges with Daly. It’s not even a lingering issue. We’re both big enough and ugly enough to move on from what happened.”
Cherry-Evans also spoke about how he is happy to see his former halves partner perform, but will be hoping to contain the Tigers string of solid performances in Round 9.
“It’s been nice to see him play really good football and show everyone what he was capable of and what we all first saw when he was coming through,” Cherry-Evans said of Hastings.
“I’ve found myself in some funny positions during my career. If they didn’t happen, I wouldn’t have learned some of the most valuable lessons I’ve got under my belt at the moment.”
After the 2018 altercation with Cherry-Evans, Trent Barrett said that Hastings had “a bit of an issue fitting in with the group at times”.
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The current Kangaroos and Maroons halfback said that if the pair were in the same team now, they could forge a formidable partnership.
“You could say he couldn’t laugh at himself; maybe it was the wrong jokes we were saying … it can’t be all his fault,” Cherry-Evans said.
“Watching him play at the moment, we were at different parts of our lives back then. The chemistry at the time didn’t work, but if you chucked us in the same team now we’d do a pretty handy job together.”
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