Daly Cherry-Evans of the Sea Eagles.
Daly Cherry-Evans of the Sea Eagles. DEAN LEWINS

No more excuses for Manly, says DCE

RUGBY LEAGUE: After a horror 2016, there will be no excuses for poor performances under Daly Cherry-Evans' watch at Manly.

The new Sea Eagles skipper said a messy betting scandal, lengthy injury list and coach Trent Barrett being in his rookie year all contributed to the side suffering its worst season since 2004.

"We definitely had a lot of excuses and reasons to not play well last year and we probably bought into them, myself included," Cherry-Evans said.

"This year I feel as though the playing group won't give themselves an opportunity or excuse to lay down. I think that's going to be a great trait of ours this year."

Cherry-Evans has replaced the retired Jamie Lyon, who led the club to two premierships during his 224-game career with the Sea Eagles.

But his reign ended with successive years out of the playoffs.

"To be honest, I didn't watch too much of the finals series because it really did hurt," Cherry-Evans said.

"I'm looking forward to this year, to hopefully put me back on the map."

The 28-year-old admitted he was surprised to get the captaincy nod ahead of Jake Trbojevic, who has led the Sea Eagles to two trial match wins ahead of their round-one clash with Parramatta on March 5.

"I understood that I would've been in contention, but to get it I was definitely surprised, just purely based on the amount of good leaders we have," Cherry-Evans said.

"Obviously that leadership role wasn't given to me last year. I wasn't expecting that to change, but it has and it's an opportunity for me to show my leadership skills."

News Corp Australia


Foxtel to launch Australia's first 4k channel

Foxtel to launch Australia's first 4k channel

Australian cricket fans will be among the first to benefit

LIVES TOUCHED: Andrew Tarrant remembered for his kindness

premium_icon LIVES TOUCHED: Andrew Tarrant remembered for his kindness

Grafton gathers to farewell much-loved community figure

EUROPE BOUND: Gaddes, Lambeth impress selectors

premium_icon EUROPE BOUND: Gaddes, Lambeth impress selectors

Pair picked after School Sport Australia championships on Gold Coast

Local Partners