Daly Cherry-Evans, Manly Sea Eagles, outgoing club, captaincy, Des Hasler, Jake Trbojevic


Manly captain Daly Cherry Evans has admitted he is considering leaving the club following the turmoil that engulfed his side in 2022.

The Sea Eagles have lost seven straight games to end the season amid the Pride jersey saga and calls have been made for Jake Trbojevic to replace Cherry-Evans as skipper.

Des Hasler was also bluing with owner Scott Penn and it’s still unclear if the veteran coach will return in 2023.

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“People just want to sow uncertainty and I know it sounds ridiculous, how could people at a club want to tear the place up,” Cherry-Evans said.

“But unfortunately that’s the situation we have at Manly. So those things that I can’t control. The playing group that I can impact.

“I’m really confident about my position and the position of the playing group in relation to each other.”

Cherry Evans was asked about his alleged split with Polynesian players on his side and if he was the best man to lead the club.

“To be honest, I thought it was pretty funny considering how comfortable I was with all my teammates, not to mention the seven who didn’t play and the rest of the Polynesian squad,” Cherry-Evans said.

SDaly Cherry-Evans of the Sea Eagles. GettySource: Getty Images

“It was just rumors that emerged because people wanted to destabilize me as a person.

“But the longer it went on and the more people I talked to, the more I realized that these were just personal attacks and there were certain agendas trying to be carried out, but I’m really at the comfortable with my connections at Manly.

“I’ve said from the start that I’m a big fan of Des Hasler and I’m a big fan of him being our coach for as long as he can,” Cherry-Evans said.

DCE was then asked if he had considered leaving the club because of the drama.

“I would be lying if I said that didn’t cross my mind,” Cherry-Evans said.

The NRL 360 panel blasted the Manly skipper on Wednesday night over inconsistencies in his stance on the controversies surrounding the club.

“Daly Cherry-Evans said he considered walking away in the latest drama to engulf the Sea Eagles and hit people at the club trying to tear him apart,” Braith Anasta said on NRL 360.

“Come on, he’s the club captain,” Kent said.

“He started this interview by saying that people want to sow uncertainty at this club. And he ended by saying ‘I would be lying if I said leaving hadn’t crossed my mind’.


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“It’s the uncertainty. The captain says it crossed his mind to leave the club, given what’s going on at the club.

“For me, he answers questions without really thinking about it.

“He answers questions without giving any truth to what is happening in Manly.

“He opted for the least offensive response in any case.

“You can’t just sit there and say people want to sow uncertainty. Well, who are these mysterious people. When he himself is uncertain. He didn’t know if he wanted to stay or go. He’s the captain of the club. »

Phil Rothfield then revealed the club were no closer to stability than after a crisis meeting between Hasler and Penn two weeks ago.

“The club is as messy, if not messier, than it was two weeks ago when Scott Penn was here before he flew to New York,” Rothfield said.

“He left with a bit of certainty that Des will be there next year. There are none now. It’s amazing.

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“I think when Penn left there was uncertainty because he came out of a meeting with Des and there were two completely conflicting views on that meeting about what came out of it,” said declared Read.

“And nothing has changed. I’m not sure Des will be here next year.

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