Cherry-Evans became only the third player to receive the NRL grand final award on a losing side.
Cherry-Evans became only the third player to receive the NRL grand final award on a losing side. Brett Wortman

Daly Cherry-Evans walks home with 'highly commended'

FORMER Mackay player Daly Cherry-Evans may have missed out on the ultimate prize last night, but winning the Clive Churchill Medal must have been a satisfying consolation.

Cherry-Evans became only the third player to receive the NRL grand final award on a losing side.

Cherry-Evans said at the press conference that he was surprised to win the medal, despite running for almost 100 metres in a strong performance.

"Obviously it is a very bitter-sweet moment," he said. "I would definitely swap that for a premiership. It's obviously been stereotyped to (go to someone from) a winning side, so it's very surprising."

The decision to award Cherry-Evans the medal was unpopular with the Sydney crowd, drawing boos from around the ground.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson supported the selection of Cherry-Evans.

"I thought Daly was awesome," Robinson said.

"I thought he did a really good job. He is a courageous player and deserved to win."


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