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Manly boss hopeful star duo will stay

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Shaka1eye, Feb 24, 2015.

  1. Shaka1eye

    Shaka1eye Active Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Manly CEO Joe Kelly says the future of Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran wlll be resolved by next week and remains confident the pair will stay.

    Manly chief executive Joe Kelly remains confident Daly Cherry-Evans and Kieran Foran will remain with the Sea Eagles but admits the club may not be able to compete with huge offers tabled by rival teams.

    Cherry-Evans and Foran are the two biggest names in the NRL off-contract at the end of this season and Kelly believes he's structured offers that are good enough to entice the star halves to stay.

    However, he concedes the reported $2.4 million, three-year offer tabled by Cronulla to Cherry-Evans may be out of the Sea Eagles' reach and won't threaten the club's future by breaking the bank to keep the premiership-winning halves combination.

    "We're really hopeful they'll stay, but ultimately you can't begrudge players looking around and testing the market," Kelly told AAP on Tuesday.

    "We think what we've got at Manly is desirable to both players and what we've offered them is as far as we can stretch within our budget.

    "We think it's a very commendable offer and with all the good players and strong culture we have at Manly we think that will also work in our favour.

    "I've always been working to round one as when we want to conclude the negotiations and I'm hopeful that we'll have a resolution by then."

    Foran and his camp have kept a very low profile in regard to thrashing out his future with Parramatta and Canterbury both conducting low-key talks with the Kiwi international.

    But Cherry-Evans has been far more public in his dealings with other clubs, having been photographed on the Gold Coast last week looking at properties after discussions with the Titans.

    That deal could be dead in the water following the NRL's takeover of the beleaguered club on Tuesday, with Cronulla now appearing to be in the box seat to secure his signature.

    It's believed the Sea Eagles squad were less then enamoured with Cherry-Evans' very public meeting with Cronulla at Sharkies Leagues Club on Monday with a TV crew on hand to film his arrival alongside manager Gavin Orr.

    Kelly said he was unaware of any major gripes from the players but admitted he was surprised to see the footage.

    "Players are testing the market all the time, and some choose to do it in different ways. It's something we have to deal with," the former South Sydney CFO said.

    "It's a challenge that they come off contract at the same time, but I've spent a lot of time making sure we are competitive without putting our long-term future in jeopardy.

    "I think the players will view the offers as very good ones and hopefully they will re-sign."

    If Cherry-Evans and Foran do decide to end their association with Manly it would leave a huge hole to fill and Kelly said potential replacements have already been discussed.

    "You have to formalise your plan of action and like any business you have to think of the long-term scenarios," he said.

    "We're optimistic they'll stay. But we're realistic at the same time about the likelihood of retaining both.

    "If we don't keep them then we have plans in place for alternative recruitment."

    Like the noise coming from our new CEO. Keen to re-sign the two but not willing to break the bank in the process. Good move IMO.
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  2. Mavin

    Mavin Well-Known Member

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    He is saying 800 thousand a season may be out of reach of us? or we don't think he is worth it.
  3. David Kenney

    David Kenney Die Hard SE

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    I guess it was time to hear we hope they sign for less money. Sounds like a commendable plan.

    It was strange to hear a CEO say unaware of the gripes players had.

    Say it 3 times and it's true :)
  4. sheridanstand78

    sheridanstand78 Well-Known Member

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    Nice to know that the boss of the place has a cool head and is not going to get into a bidding war. The message it sends is we want you to stay and continue to be successful but not at any cost and if necessary we will look at other options. Refreshing to see leadership again at the club.
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  5. Frogz

    Frogz Don't mess with the goat, he has photos. Premium Member

    Sydney, Australia
    +1,390 / 36
    Cant argue with common sense. Great article and refreshing to read.

    I sill have a gut feel for a big day Friday at the season launch with lots to celebrate.
  6. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +2,115 / 14
    Go and be rich somewhere else and unsuccessful
    Or stay and be well paid and successful
  7. tookey

    tookey Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    What happened to our supposed million dollar offers that we were giving them?

    Other than Foran and Cherry-Evans does anyone really care what happens any more?
  8. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +2,115 / 14
    Saving that for taumololo
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  9. Shoe1

    Shoe1 Well-Known Member

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    Ha I knew not all players command a mill a year! Not even our halves it would seem.
  10. XV-1

    XV-1 Well-Known Member

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    Probably does not include the third party agreements, which are not totally guaranteed

    PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

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    Look if i was dce i'd be embarrassed to stay after the saga he's put the club through with his money searching.I wonder what the rest of the players will think of him,that will always be in the back of his mind.
  12. XV-1

    XV-1 Well-Known Member

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    Breaking news in Fox Sports

    DCE has now completed contract discussions with other clubs

    He will now give Manly the opportunity to make a final counter offer

    Hmmm, why is this taking place on such a public platform?

    I wonder if Manly will change their best and final offer?
  13. dowdz

    dowdz Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +853 / 5
    Manly should stay strong. No one should hold the club to ransom. Throw a bit more at Foz. Does leave a whole in the halves though. Not sure who would step up
  14. XV-1

    XV-1 Well-Known Member

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    I am guessing they upped Matai's offer for him to stay, so as long as it is not unreasonable I see know reason why Manly won't up the offer a little on DCE.
  15. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +6,795 / 122
    Finally listened to your (never-ending-repetitive) posts
  16. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +6,795 / 122
    The gripes may have been invented by News Ltd, after all, they have been dishonest in the past.
  17. PJ

    PJ Well-Known Member

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    I got a laugh out of this on Twitter
    @DanGinnane: DCE's manager releases statement acknowledging the process of leaking his clients secret meetings with clubs has been completed
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  18. simon64

    simon64 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Could not have said it better myself. They have both become accustomed to winning. Can't imagine getting bashed and losing on a regular basis would be very appealing.

    Just ask Parra.
  19. Eagles2nv

    Eagles2nv New Team, New Beginnings 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Good article, nice to know the CEO is willing to stand firm.

    Be interesting to know who the 'potential replacements' are.
  20. Snake

    Snake Doing The Eagle Rock!

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    The thing about Manly making a counter offer, is what's stopping them from turning around and asking the Sharks to make a counter offer? sooner or later someone has to call their bluff!

    I'd throw huge $$$ at Foz, sign a really good prop, and wave DCE goodbye.
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