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Cherry-Evans hailed as Maroons leader

Daly Cherry-Evans at Maroons training

Only 23 minutes of State of Origin football may be under his belt but Daly Cherry-Evans has already been hailed as the all-conquering Queensland team's future leader.
Cherry-Evans hailed as Maroons leader
by AAP

By Laine Clark

COOLUM, Qld July 12 AAP - Only 23 minutes of State of Origin football may be under his belt but Daly Cherry-Evans has already been hailed as the all-conquering Queensland team's future leader.

Just four years ago as an Under-20s Manly player Cherry-Evans was rejected by the other 15 NRL clubs he was shopped around to for being "too small, too pretty".

An NRL premiership with the Sea Eagles, a Test and an Origin debut later and it seems the sky is the limit for the exciting playmaker.

Indeed Cherry-Evans has crammed a lot in since his 2011 NRL debut - and that trend did not stop when the Manly playmaker made his Origin debut in Queensland's stunning 26-6 game two win in Brisbane.

In just 23 minutes, Cherry-Evans pulled off a remarkable 26 tackles as he relished his makeshift backrow role off the bench.

At one stage Queensland tore NSW apart as the ball went from captain Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk and then to Cherry-Evans.

It was a sequence that must have been the stuff of fantasy for a Queensland fan - but perhaps also provided a glimpse of how the Maroons captaincy may be handed down over the years to come.

Ahead of next week's Origin decider in Sydney, Thurston said 23-year-old Cherry-Evans had already shown enough to indicate he was a future Maroons leader.

"Definitely. No doubt he will be one of the mainstays of this team and taking them forward over the next few years," Thurston said.

"If his form continues he has another 10 years left in the game.

"He has already played for his country and won grand finals - that (Origin debut effort) is what you expect now from DCE.

"Ever since he has come into grade it's like he has been playing for 10 years.

"He didn't look out of place in Origin and he should be ready to fire for us again."

Cherry-Evans had the DNA to be a forward after watching his dad Troy Evans carve out a career in the Brisbane competition as a forthright hooker who "got sent off a couple of times".

But remarkably Cherry-Evans' injection into the Queensland backrow on debut was the first time he played the role at senior level.

"In first grade I have been pigeonholed as the halfback," Cherry-Evans said.

"I thank (coach) Mal (Meninga) for the opportunity and backing my ability - hopefully I can continue to repay him.

"And playing off the bench is something I am not used to at club footy but when you are part of a Queensland side that has won seven series in a row you are happy to take a spot."

Then again it should be no surprise Cherry-Evans can juggle different roles - he is named after British Olympic decathlon legend Daley Thompson.




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