Queensland players have supported the idea that Daly Cherry-Evans should become the new captain of the Maroons.
During a press conference on Monday, current Maroons coach Kevin Walters suggested Cherry-Evans will be one of the options to replace former Queensland captain Greg Inglis.
Inglis announced that he will be retiring from playing NRL football, earlier this week.
“Daly would be great,” Maroons winger Corey Oates told NRL Media.
“The last few years he has started to play some really good football and really consistent footy. A couple of other blokes in the team could be captain, and it’s up to the selectors, but I don’t think they’ll be picking the wrong bloke. Daly has to be a really good chance to get it.
“He was outstanding last year (in Origin III). He just showed what he can do. He’s one of those players who competes on everything. It’s been a good start for him this year and the captaincy would be a massive milestone for him. Daly is respected. He’s been there almost 10 years in the NRL, he has worked hard for his spot and he’s now there as our No.7.”
Maroons forward Jai Arrow was also in favour of the move to make Cherry-Evans captain. He was particularly impressed with the way the Manly skipper conducted himself in last year’s Origin series.
“I thought he really stood up in game three last year and showed what a quality player he is. He came in with a lot of pressure on his shoulders and did a great job … scored a try and led us around,” Arrow told NRL Media.
The State of Origin series begins on June 5.