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DRAMA: Daly Cherry–Evans at Manly training yesterday with halves coach Andrew Johns. Pictures: Getty ImagesSUPERSTAR halfback Daly Cherry-Evans is declining to dampen speculation he could exit Brookvale when his contract with Manly concludes at the end of the 2015 NRL season.
One of the game’s leading players, Cherry-Evans was already linked to a four-year $4 million deal with Parramatta starting from 2016 and a move to Brisbane.
Moves to poach the Queensland playmaker are just part of the drama engulfing the Sea Eagles, with Steve Matai asking for a release to join the Warriors next year and Brett Stewart and Anthony Watmough also reportedly wanting out.
Speaking at training yesterday, Cherry-Evans insisted he was “very happy” at Manly.
Asked about his future beyond next year, the 2011 premiership winner was non-committal.
“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.”
Five-eighth Kieran Foran has conceded player contractual issues are afflicting the NRL competition leaders and called for Sea Eagles management to allow Matai to make a big-money move to the Warriors.
DRAMA: Daly Cherry–Evans at Manly training yesterday DRAMA: Daly Cherry–Evans at Manly training yesterday. Pictures: Getty Images
Matai requested a release from the final year of his current contract with Manly to take up a four-year deal with the Warriors starting next season reported to be worth around $2.5 million.
Brett Stewart and Anthony Watmough also reportedly want out of their contracts.
Foran admitted at training yesterday that resentment still runs deep between the playing group and management over their refusal to offer Glenn Stewart a contract extension earlier this year.
Stewart, 30, since signed with South Sydney for next year.
“I guess there are issues to be sorted. I think the club underestimated Glenn Stewart’s departure and we said all along ‘Gif’ was a massive part of building this culture here and as players we probably felt that he deserved a contract put in front of him,” Foran said.
“I guess all the boys are mates with him and they are probably disappointed.
“I wouldn’t say there is disharmony; our results have shown on the field that we are getting on good here.
“But I believe there are issues higher up than just the playing group.
“Whether or not that [the salary cap] was the reason Glenn was forced out I am not so sure.”
Foran was also linked to a move but said he would see out his contract at the club, which ends next year. AAP