Last season placing: 8th position
Manly Sea Eagles had a very rough 2015 season. With two of their halfbacks being the centre of attention throughout the year they had a difficult gig. Daly Cherry Evans (DCE) and Kieran Foran played significantly well considering how much pressure was behind them especially DCE after back flipping on the Titans.
With a fairly new line up starting off the season it will be interesting to see how they come together as a team. They will not disappoint with the talent on the side.
The rookie coach, Trent Barrett at Manly Sea Eagles will have an enormous amount of pressure on his shoulders this season. The first round will be interesting to see how he performs and what partnerships he has formed. He has big shoes to fill this season after departing coach Geoff Toovey had done well to form a premiership winning side. Communication will be key for Barrett and he’s performance will be significantly lowered if players don’t trust his instinct. New side, new coach makes for a great season!
Dylan Walker: Walker moved from South Sydney Rabbitohs and will make a huge inclusion to Manly. He excels in the centres and the adjustment to 5/8th will be a huge challenge but one he will be comfortable with.
Daly Cherry Evans: With the pressure of being on the big bucks he will need to improve from last year. With most of the public disagreeing with his backflip he will want to achieve greatness in the Maroon colours and not let his team or new coach (Trent Barrett) down. He will be able to work together with Myles and Walker to create a new dynamic duo. Working with Walker in the halves will be interesting but an exciting prospect to look out for this season.
Nate Myles: The Maroon colours brings out the best of Myles and his leadership from Gold Coast Titans and QLD will play a huge role within the side. He will bring forward his consistency within the team and assist to lead from the front.
Likely Round 1 line-up
1. Brett Stewart 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Jamie Lyon © 4. Steve Matai 5. Tom Trbojevic 6. Dylan Walker 7. Daly Cherry Evans 8. Nate Myles 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Jake Trbojevic 11. Tom Symonds 12. Lewis Brown 13. Martin Taupau Interchange 14. Feleti Mateo 15. Brenton Lawrence 16. Darcy Lussick 17. Blake Leary
Story of 2016:
Daly Cherry Evans Earns his Millions
Daly Cherry Evans has impressed and improved since last season, dominating within the Manly side leading his team to victory.
Ladder: Make top 8
Predicted Top Tryscorer: Tom Trbojevic
Predicted Top Pointscorer: Jamie Lyon
Predicted Player of the Year: Daly Cherry Evans