Daly Cherry-Evans made headlines last week after the heavy defeat to the Parramatta Eels that he has made the decision of leaving his much loved club of Manly and joining the Gold Coast Titans on a four year deal which will see the halfback earn a million dollars a year. To make matter worse for the Manly club, news broke out last night that their other halve Kieran Foran will also be departing the club and joining the team who defeated them in round one, the Parramatta Eels. With losing all these key players such as Glenn Stewart, Anthony Watmough, Daly Cherry-Evans and now possibly Kieran Foran, is it possible that this could be the decline of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles?
At seasons start last year, news immediately broke out that one of the main players for Manly was departing the club. Many eyebrows were raised when it was announced that the Sea Eagles were not willing to resign and offer Glenn Stewart a new contract. At the time of announcement, rumours were flying around that every club were interested in getting the 30 year old at the time. It wasn't until April 22nd, 2014 that it was revealed that Glenn Stewart was heading over to Redfern and joining the eventual 2014 premiers the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Next to depart the club was none other than Anthony Watmough who many had speculated that he would be departing the club. Rumours circulated the club when an insight source revealed that there was trouble within the playing group and players having disagreements and not playing to their full potential. Among these players one name always came out and that was Anthony Watmough. Both Glenn Stewart and Anthony Watmough had one thing in common. They were both accused of being forced out of the club by one person, Daly Cherry-Evans. Whether the speculations are true or not, one thing is a certainty and is well known. Both Watmough and Cherry-Evans have not been friends for years despite playing with each other. After seasons end on October 28th, Parramatta Eels received Watmough's signature on a four year deal.
As of late, Cherry-Evans has been in the news for his shock move to the Titans. Many have to wonder but, due to the Gold Coast Titans current drug scandal, how have they managed to sign such a big name as Daly Cherry-Evans? Daly is known as a loyal and great kid but did his annoucement about his move next year put another dent in the already damaged Manly club? Rumours have recently broken out that Manly might offload the youngster this year instead of waiting until next year for DCE to join his new club. The Queensland born star has now come out and spoken about his departure. Other halve and Five-Eighth for the Sea Eagles, Kieran Foran has been revealed in also leaving the club. Not known by many about his move to the Eels, the news has come to a shock by all Manly supporters and many NRL fans. The loss of the halves for Manly is where the success has come from in recent years. Previous Coach Des Hasler built and molded the pair and after his depature to the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, the reins were taken by Geoff Toovey who has said to be totally in the dark about Forans departure.
The loss of these four vital players can definitely be the beginning of the decline for the Manly Warrringah Sea Eagles. With the loss of one of the best halves in the game, the main question on everyone's mind is who can possibly replace the two successful players? After the loss in round one, a big hole is shown in the positions of the departed Glenn Stewart and Anthony Watmough. Manly will now have their hands full with finding suitable replacements for the halves positions. If Manly are looking to stop the decline of there club, they must look towards the future and recruit players to join them and hope they can link up and find the perfect combination Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans have.