Future of the Manly superstar continues to be up for debate.
Manly Sea Eagles playmaker Daly Cherry-Evans is increasingly likely to stay at Brookvale Oval beyond the end of his current deal with the NRL club.
With salary-cap pressures likely to see the Sea Eagles have to move at least one big name, with Glenn Stewart being the chief name mentioned in this regard, Cherry-Evans is set to spend the best years of his career on Sydney’s north shore.
Despite his management not ruling anything out when Cherry-Evans’ deal expires at the end off 2015, is Manly was to let Stewart leave for greener pastures and one last big pay-check before retirement, then it would increase their cap room, allowing Cherry-Evans to be paid what he is worth.
The Queensland star has talked to players from the Broncos during his time in State of Origin camp about the possibility of moving north of the border.
Cherry-Evans’ father Troy has long-standing links with Brisbane chief executive Paul White and the pair have previously spoken informally about the possibility of the 24-year-old wearing Broncos colours.
However, Daly’s wife Vessa has not firm roots in Sydney which could play a part in any negotiations Manly have, which include looking to make him the next club captain.
Sea Eagles chairman Scott Penn said he is not worried about the speculation, saying he is confident the club can offer a very attractive package for one of the brightest young stars in the NRL.
“I’ve heard the talk (about Cherry-Evans being lost to Brisbane) but it goes both ways,” he said.
“We’ve been good to him and vice-versa and we need to understand exactly what he is looking for in our contract negotiations.
“Daly is a huge part of this club and we’ll have discussions to keep him here for the long-term.
“I’m hopeful we’ll get the right outcome.”