Daly Cherry-Evans $13 to win the 2018 Dally MPosted on 23/03 by Joe Gann
2018 may prove to be a golden opportunity for Daly Cherry-Evans to force his way back into Origin reckoning.
Weekly Expert Betting Tips - Join our free mailing listThe Round 2 demolition of Parramatta could be a watershed moment for the Sea Eagles as the questions surrounding the inclusion of young gun Lachlan Croker were emphatically answered.
Shrugging off the loss of halves partner Blake Green, Daly Cherry-Evans was exemplary in the destruction of the Eels as his leadership role takes on an added dimension.
Tasked with nurturing the talented Croker, this new situation offers the playmaker a chance to guide the up-and-coming prospect in the harsh environment of first-grade footy. Having played just one match for the Raiders before this year following the setbacks of two knee reconstructions and shoulder surgery, Croker’s mental fortitude should not be underestimated.
Cherry-Evans has been impressed with what he has seen so far from his young protégé; his attitude has been well-received, and the eagerness with which he takes advice on board aligned with his natural talent has helped convince the skipper that their pairing can be a success.
Despite lamenting the loss of Green, he is excited by the challenge of mentoring the prodigy and his own game may benefit from the additional responsibility it brings - the ultimate goal would be to emulate his partnership with Kieran Foran - the duo led the club to Premiership success in 2011.
Although he hasn’t always been the most popular character with teammates and the media alike, and is seen as something of an enigma by former colleagues, at the age of 29, he is ready to embrace the role of mentor to the inexperienced Croker. Being handed the captaincy last year helped develop a maturity to accept and address his own shortcomings. Indeed he has evolved from the player who once admitted to ‘not trying hard enough' at times.
With the prize of a Maroons jersey up for grabs following the retirement of Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk, the timing could be right for Cherry-Evans to return to the fold following a three-year exile. Many have cast doubts upon his ability to perform at representative level - this season would be an ideal opportunity to silence his critics.
Daly Cherry-Evans is to win the 2018 Dally M award.
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