The Manly Sea Eagles last night declared they can re-sign star halves Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans before the kickoff to the 2012 NRL season.
As the premiers prepare to fly out for the UK on Friday for the World Club Challenge against Leeds on February 17, Sea Eagles boss Dave Perry revealed his plan to lock them in long-term extensions as soon as they return home from England.
“We are in formal discussions at the moment with both players … hopefully we can come to a resolution in the short term so we can go into the NRL season with those guys knowing their futures are secure at the Sea Eagles,” Perry said.
“I think it is very important that they go into the season with clear heads.”
At 21 and 22 respectively, Foran and Cherry-Evans last season became the youngest grand final-winning halves combination since the great Parramatta partnership of Peter Sterling and Brett Kenny in 1981.
Foran is signed until the end of 2014 but has a get-out clause that allows him to leave at the end of this season in the wake of Des Hasler’s departure; while Cherry-Evans is signed until the end of 2013, he needs an immediate upgrade following a rookie season when he finished as a member of Tim Sheens’ Four Nations-winning Kangaroos.
Perry said the club was hoping to secure his services until the end of 2015.
Asked if he was aware of any offer already made by the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs to Foran, Perry said: “No, not that I know about, but I will say I would be surprised if his management hasn’t had some discussions or some interest from other clubs.”