Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have finished in 11th place on the NRL ladder following a disastrous season for the club.
First it was a season-ending injury to star player Tom Trbojevic before a supposed rift between the playing group that reportedly could see the Trbojevic brothers leave.
It’s crazy to think that just one year ago the Sea Eagles had finished in the top four and went on to make it to the preliminary final as Tom Trbojevic received the Dally M Medal after having one of the most dominant individual seasons in recent history.
Over the past half-decade, Manly has consistently been the NRL’s most inconsistent team having qualified for the finals every second year since 2017.
However, if this rift in the squad is happening then it’s hard to see Manly keeping this trend up in 2023 by qualifying for next year’s finals series.
Club captain Daly Cherry-Evans has recently spoken to Michael Chammas from The Sydney Morning Herald about the current situation at the Sea Eagles and has refuted claims that he could lose his captaincy over a player revolt.
“This situation is obviously something I wanted to address to make sure there were no ill feelings or a player push for that to change,” said Cherry-Evans.
“As far as I am aware, there is no push for that to change.
I’m still wanted as captain: Cherry-Evans insists there is no Manly player revolt https://t.co/GVrM9YBWLX
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“And you know what, if the club decides that’s what is best for this team, I will never stand in the way of this club moving forward.
“But for right now, as far as I’m aware, that hasn’t been brought to my attention.
“I reckon I learnt a lot from those years gone by when there was player unrest here at the club.
“I always try and do my best to keep the group united.”
Cherry-Evans will now be hoping to move on from this while as he prepares to represent Australia at the Rugby League World Cup in England.
Australian coach Mal Meninga is currently considering naming Cherry-Evans as captain heading into the tournament but may be persuaded to go with James Tedesco if Cherry-Evans is asked to step aside as Manly’s captain.