Offer of a lifetime needed to secure Daly Cherry-Evans

Daly Cherry-Evans has the backing of Manly coach Des Hasler.
Daly Cherry-Evans has the backing of Manly coach Des Hasler.

The Dolphins' inclusion in the NRL premiership from 2023 immediately sparked speculation Manly skipper Daly Cherry-Evans would be on their radar.

And it's not hard to see why the dots are being joined. DCE hails from the Dolphins' base at Redcliffe in Brisbane, he enjoys a great relationship with the club's new coach Wayne Bennett and he would be the perfect fit to captain the start-up franchise.

Cherry-Evans is contracted until the end of 2023 but that won't stop the Dolphins from pushing for an early release. So would he actually leave the Sea Eagles?

The smart money says no. The 32-year-old has long said he wants to see out his current deal with a view to extending beyond 2023, and his young family is more than happy with life on the northern beaches. It would take an offer of a lifetime - even better than the one he's on now - to prise him away, but the cashed-up Dolphins will certainly take a crack.

Meanwhile, Manly are growing tired of protracted negotiations to re-sign Dylan Walker as his manager parades him around to other clubs.

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