The South Sydney Rabbitohs have made an audacious attempt to sneak under Manly’s guard and sign gun halfback Daly Cherry-Evans for 2014.
The Sea Eagles have made securing halves Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran long term their top priority as they attempt to retain the nucleus of their premiership-winning roster.
Sea Eagles officials met Cherry-Evans’s manager, Gavin Orr, during the week in an attempt to extend his contract until the end of 2015. However, The Sun-Herald can reveal the Rabbitohs are preparing a massive offer in the hope of luring the 2011 Dally M Rookie of the Year to Redfern.
”There’s certainly some interest there,” a source said.
The Sea Eagles are aware they need to pay him a wage more in line with his standing in the game. Otherwise, given his age – and the fact he has already dispelled concerns about the dreaded second-year syndrome – he will be one of the most sought-after players when he hits the open market.
The Rabbitohs have been heavily linked to Cooper Cronk, off contract at the end of the year, but the Queensland playmaker is likely to remain with the Melbourne Storm.