I know we have a Cherry thread but got this from NRL website. Manly's fight to retain Daly Cherry-Evans appears to have become even more difficult, after it was revealed the star halfback requested a release from the defending NRL premiers. Cherry-Evans' request to be cut loose from his current deal at the end of the season was denied last Friday, on the same day the 23-year-old turned down a new four-year deal with the club, as Manly desperately try to keep the Queensland Origin hopeful. Cherry-Evans, whose current contract runs until the end of 2013, is putting the issue in the hands of his manager, Gavin Orr, who clearly believes the youngster is being undervalued by Manly - suggesting there are players in the code's under-20 competition on healthier contracts. "I know players in the Toyota Cup on $100,000 and $120,000," Orr told Rugby League Week magazine. "It's just not right that one of the brightest young kids in the game is on less than them." Cherry-Evans confirmed he had turned down Manly's latest offer to tie him to the club long-term. "We're obviously trying to get something sorted out as soon as possible and at the moment it's just not what we're looking for," he told NRL on Fox. The Sea Eagles face significant pressure to retain their stable of stars, with fullback Brett Stewart strongly linked to St George Illawarra and young prop Darcy Lussick in high demand, while internationals Kieran Foran and Tony Williams could exercise get-out clauses and test themselves on the open market this off-season.