Manly Sea Eagles owner Scott Penn is determined that club captain Daly Cherry-Evans will pull a one-club player back despite links to the NRL’s latest franchise.
The Queensland native has been linked with a move to the Dolphins after playing for Redcliffe in his junior career, and his existing relationship with newly installed Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett is also a factor.
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While Cherry-Evans’ eight-year, $ 10 million deal expires at the end of the 2023 season, Penn and the Sea Eagles are not ready to see their No. 7 go out the door.
“It’s definitely our plan to make sure Daly finishes a one-club player,” Penn said Sydney Morning Herald. “He’s our club captain and we want him to win another comp for us and help bring the young guys through.
“Of course there is [history with Redcliffe], but he has been with us since he was 17 or 18, his family is well anchored on the northern beaches and that would be a big step.
“We have unfinished business and it will be in his head. We won a comp 10 years ago, but that’s been a dry argument ever since. I’m sure he’s eager to prove a point and make sure , that he goes out on top.
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“We want him to stay. It’s only a matter of time before we work through the details.”
Bennett was revealed as the first coach for the Dolphins this week, with the master coach admitting he “had no idea this was going to happen” at the start of the year after guiding South Sydney to a magnificent final appearance .
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