The Sea Eagles are eager to lock-in playmakers Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran before 2015.
Manly chairman Scott Penn has opened contract negotiations with with star duo Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran, with an aim to secure the pair on lucrative deals before 2015.
According to The Daily Telegrpah, Penn has begun negotiations with the playmakers, with both expected to command deals around $1.1 million a season each.
Both Cherry-Evans and Foran come off contract at the end of the 2015 NRL season, with the former attracting interest from the Parramatta Eels and the Brisbane Broncos.
Foran is not short of options himself, with the New Zealand Warriors, Canterbury Bulldogs and Sydney Roosters all reportedly interested in his services.
“We will be trying to lock them down by the end of the year,” Penn told The Daily Telegraph.
“They are both in the Four Nations and it has been a long year so we are more than mindful that they need a break and a rest.
“We will be working with their management while they are off to lock them down, ideally, before the end of this year.
“The club has made a key decision in regards to recruitment and retention.
“These two players are the nucleus of our team moving forward. We want to build a team around them and we will be doing everything we can to retain them.”
It is believed a change of ownership could also sway Brett Stewart and Steve Matai to remain at the club.