Even with two-and-a-half years remaining on his current deal, the Sea Eagles want to lock in captain Daly Cherry-Evans for a contract extension.
Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans has declared he would “love” to remain at the Sea Eagles long term for more “security” as he edges closer to extending his deal at Brookvale.
Cherry-Evans is in discussions about re-signing at the Sea Eagles until the end of either 2024 or 2025.
The development will finally end speculation that the Queensland Origin captain will be asked to leave Manly because of salary cap issues, with Brisbane and South Sydney circling.
Even with two-and-a-half years remaining on his current contract, the Sea Eagles want to lock in Cherry-Evans for a contract extension.
“I just had a little chat to Des then to put a lot of it to bed, internally I‘m feeling a lot better where things are at,” Cherry-Evans said.
“I’ve still got so long to go on my contract, so I’m not worried about re-signing, but if that came up no doubt about it, I’d love to do it because I’d love to stay here for that extended period.
“If it pops up, I’ll jump at it.
“I’m more looking for the security for the period I’ve got … that’s what I wanted more than anything.
“I’ll get through the next few weeks. Hopefully, we can chalk up a few more wins and I’d like to be a big part of that, and then we can sit down with the club and see where things are at.”
Speculation has been swirling about Cherry-Evans wanting to move to Souths, given halfback Adam Reynolds is set to leave Redfern.
Then there was chatter about him returning to Queensland to help end Brisbane’s ongoing problems in the halves.
That followed a suggestion Manly coach Des Hasler was battling salary cap problems and would be forced to shop around his star No 7.
Cherry-Evans, 32, concedes the constant speculation about his future was difficult to ignore and not fear the worst.
“It was a weird couple of weeks though, I didn’t see that coming,” he said.
“I‘ve watched teammates and people from other clubs think they’re going to play on forever, but all of a sudden things change very quickly.
“Their body pulls up, their head might not want to go on any longer, but as of right now nothing has changed for me.
“My body feels pretty good, I‘m still in love with the game of footy, I’m not giving it away any time soon.”