Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans admitted his “comfort” with veteran team-mate Kieran Foran helped the pair instantly solidify last season when Foran returned to the club.
The oft-injured Kiwi returned to the Sea Eagles after five years in the desert and has made 25 appearances in 2021, his most since the 2013 season, as the team finished the home and away season in the top four of the NRL ladder. He was rewarded with a contract extension after a terrific comeback season.
Foran’s return saw the reunion of the combo of halves that won Manly’s last premiership in 2011, and Cherry-Evans admitted he was instantly comfortable playing alongside his former mate.
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“I really like having him there. It’s really a comfort to me to know that ‘Foz’ is there,” he told 2GB’s Wide World of Sports.
“Our games have changed and grown over the years, but we just have this real love for the game.
“As we’ve said before, it doesn’t matter where football goes, as long as it’s going the right way, that’s all that matters.
“We share the same ideas when it comes to our football, we talk about it a lot, we live and breathe it.
“It was so natural for him to come back and play number 6, and he came back and found a (new) lease of life.
“He just took care of his body and got a lot of love from the club and with that comes a really happy mindset and he’s a competitor so he went out there and had a really good season and I dare say he will be one of our best players again this year.”
While another premiership is definitely on Cherry-Evans’ to-do list this season, there’s also a personal goal: a place in Mal Meninga’s Kangaroos World Cup squad. rugby union at the end of the year.
“I really want to be part of it,” he said.
“I know there is so much hard work to do this season and a lot of footy to play, but as always I will make sure to support me to make it happen.
“It’s a goal and it’s part of my plans for this season, but nothing is given in this game.
“Hopefully as a team, Queensland and Manly, we put our best foot forward and win games because that always helps selection, and hopefully I have a big impact on those wins. this season this year.”
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