They made a big impression in the National Rugby League in 2011, and now, Manly are confident that they can secure the services of boom young halves Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans, even before the 2012 NRL season begins.
With the club set to fly out at the end of the week for their World Club Challenge clash with ESL side, the Leeds Rhinos, Dave Perry, the Sea Eagles boss, says that the club have plans to keep the two young halves at the club, by offering them both long-term extensions.
“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.”
Securing both players will not be easy however, especially Foran, given that he has a get out clause in his contract, that will allow him to leave at the end of this season, to play with former Manly coach Des Hasler, at the Canterbury Bulldogs.
“We are trying to get together a four-year term and hopefully get that done before kick-off,” Perry said. “I am confident, yes. We are all on the same page as far as expectations go.”
With the Bulldogs breathing down Manly’s necks, in relation to wanting Foran at their club, Perry says that as far as he is aware, no offer from the Dogs has been put forward.
“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.”
New Manly coach Geoff Toovey is also hopeful that the club can re-sign the two young halves, with the vision being that like him, they remain Sea Eagles for life.
“I would love to see them in a Manly jumper forever – I would love to see the whole squad in a Manly jumper forever.”