In an outstanding debut season in the NRL, Daly Cherry-Evans went from the Queensland Cup player of the year to reaching the pinnacle of rugby league by winning a premiership with Manly and wearing the green and gold for Australia.
After two seasons playing for Manly’s Under-20s National Youth Competition team in 2008 and 2009, Cherry-Evans was shifted to Queensland-based feeder club the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles for the 2010 season where he starred.
It didn’t take long for him to be given an opportunity in the NRL and after making his first grade debut in March, Cherry-Evans instantly looked comfortable in his surroundings despite playing in arguably the most demanding position for a youngster to play. He featured in all 27 of Manly’s premiership matches, helping the Sea Eagles to win 21 of those on the way to claiming the premiership against the New Zealand Warriors.
Subsequently, the 22-year-old was crowned the NRL’s Dally M Rookie of the Year for 2011, the Rugby League International Federation’s world halfback of the year.and later rewarded with his Test debut after being selected in the Australian Kangaroos squad for the Four Nations tour.
His rise to prominence at NRL and representative level has also seen him earn selection in Queensland’s State of Origin squad.
Off the field Daly is developing his media skills as a regular host on Fox Sports. One of the most professional and engaging players, Daly is fast becoming a player corporate Australia wants to have an involvement with.