Dramas continues to swirl around the Sea Eagles and who will play for the team next year.
Classy halfback Daly Cherry-Evans has done little to quell speculation he might leave Sydney’s North Shore for the 2015 NRL season.
Manly has come under the spotlight in recent weeks after Glenn Stewart signaled his departure from the club next year as he was not able to sign a contract extension with the Sea Eagles.
As a result, ripples of discontent has made their way through the club with senior players believing more should have been done to keep Stewart, one of the team’s best players.
The salary cap pressure at Brookvale now has turned to other big name players in the side, with Cherry Evans keeping tight-lipped on his future.
Cherry-Evans has been linked with a move to the Brisbane Broncos for four years at $4 million, however, that was mooted before the shock move of Wayne Bennett back to the club.
Speaking at training on Thursday, Cherry Evans said he was “very happy” at the club but would not shed further light if he was staying with Manly or signing elsewhere.
“I think it’s too far away for me to judge,” he said.
“I’ve still got another year left on my contract so, for me to be talking about that a year-and-a-half out, is ridiculous.”
Kieran Foran made headlines when he suggested to the Manly board they grant Steve Matai his one year early release from his contract with the club, so he can gain a paycheque worthy of his talent for his family’s sake.
However, Cherry Evans said he could not speculate on what anybody else said on the contract matters that threaten to turn their run at the NRL title into a sideshow.
“Contract-wise, there’s definitely stuff to sort out. We’ve got a lot of people coming off contract soon so of course, it’s a hot topic.
“I don’t know what people have and haven’t done for contracts and it wouldn’t feel right for me to comment on other players’ contracts so I won’t be commenting on that,” he said.