The first saviour was Trent Hodkinson, and he did the job required of him before money spoke in bounds, and he left for the Bulldogs. Now, Manly has to rely on a half who has only played in the NYC and Queensland Cup.

That man, is Daly Cherry-Evans. More commonly known as DCE, if you ask any Manly fan, or Queensland Cup fans, they will tell you that the kid can play, and they are confident of a successful season with Evans steering the ship.

The Sea Eagles, who already have young gun Kieran Foran playing five-eighth, will have the NRL’s youngest halves pairing in Foran and Cherry-Evans.

Manly captain Jamie Lyon believes that the skills and talents of Cherry-Evans will be on display early.

“I think he’ll have just as big an impact as Trent if not bigger,” Lyon told reporters on Wednesday.

“I don’t want to put too much pressure on him but we are quietly confident that he can do a great job.

“He’s a very good organiser, he’s got good ball skills and a great kicking game. He’s very quick off the mark.

“He’s going to be a great halfback for us I think.”

Cherry-Evans, who was the driving force behind Manly’s NYC team winning the minor premiership in 2010, believes that both he and Foran can get the job done.

“We had a very good relationship in the halves,” Cherry-Evans said.

“It does (take the pressure off having Kieran at five-eighth), Kieran is a great half to play with.

“He’s very experienced and he’s been there before, I’m looking forward to it.”

Lyon, who can also play in the halves is hopeful that with the new addition of young gun Cherry-Evans, that he can return to his preferred position of centre, and stay there throughout the season.

“I’m pretty sure I’ll be in the centres, that’s where I prefer. Hopefully I can stay there the whole season,” he said.

By ricky

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