By registering with us, you'll be able to discuss, share and private message with other members of our community.

SignUp Now!

Manly Sea Eagles pivot Dylan Walker won't take back seat to Daly Cherry-Evans


Well-Known Member
Staff member
Oct 25, 2004
Manly's Dylan Walker says he has no plans to take a back seat directing the team around the park despite playing alongside seasoned halfback Daly Cherry-Evans.

The duo will form a new-look combination for the Sea Eagles when they play their round one match against Canterbury on Friday night. It will be just the fourth time Walker has started at five-eighth as he makes a permanent switch into the halves from centre.

New role: Dylan Walker will be adapting to the five-eighth position. Photo: Dallas Kilponen

Walker said he wanted to share the playmaking duties with Cherry-Evans.

"We are both going to take control," he said. "Chez [Cherry-Evans] is pretty dominant. He knows his combinations better than I do. I've been working on it hard. That's something that I really had to work hard on. Cherry's a good general play kick and very smart."

For Cherry-Evans, Walker's arrival signals a changing of the guard, with the Manly No.7 having spent the bulk of his NRL career alongside Kieran Foran. Despite starring as a junior at five-eighth, Walker was settled in the centres, winning a premiership for the Rabbitohs and representing Australia. He believed the spot was to be his long-term position.

"Things change," Walker said. "This is probably the position I'll be training and playing for a while."

While Cherry-Evans has been a huge influence on Walker's transition, no one has been more important than coach Trent Barrett. The former representative five-eighth has spent plenty of time working alongside his new recruit.

"Having a champion five-eighth as a coach has been a real help and given me a lot of confidence," Walker said of Barrett. "I think it will bring out the best in me. I have played junior football there, but having a full pre-season under my belt with the whole squad has been really important too."

"We have had a lot of chats, he doesn't want me to worry about anyone else's expectations, he just wants me to play footy. He said I'm not here to go out there and come up with the miracle play straight away, that is going to come up as our combinations get stronger. Baz [Barrett] just wants me to play my natural game."

Manly are expected to be without fullback Brett Stewart who, alongside skipper Jamie Lyon, missed training on Monday. Lyon will play, while Tom Trbojevic and Api Koroisau are also expected to be passed fit. Walker will line up against niggly Canterbury half Josh Reynolds in what will be his first look at Brookvale Oval as a Manly player.

"I copped a bit of lip [from Reynolds when I was] playing in the centres," Walker said. "There will probably be words exchanged. I won't lie to you, it will be different to play for someone other than Souths, but I am very comfortable where I am at the moment.

"As an opposition player, it's a pretty daunting task [playing at Brookvale Oval]. Finally I get to go there to be cheered instead of booed. Haven't had the chance to train there."

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/...herryevans-20160229-gn6cj3.html#ixzz41Z3y2ONh
Follow us: @smh on Twitter | sydneymorningherald on Facebook



Well-Known Member
Premium Member
Jun 21, 2011
It must be a strange feeling for him becoming a Manly player and his new home ground being Brookvale Oval... would make for a refreshing change from the souless ANZ stadium.

I hope everyone on here gives him time to settle into 5/8... :) early on there is bound to be some passes go astray... running lines not so fluid etc.
  • ✔️
Reactions: Ryan

Latest posts

2020 Ladder

Team P W D L PD Pts
1 Panthers 12 10 1 1 134 21
2 Storm 12 10 0 2 157 20
3 Eels 12 10 0 2 122 20
4 Roosters 12 8 0 4 166 16
5 Raiders 12 8 0 4 43 16
6 Sharks 12 7 0 5 46 14
7 Knights 12 6 1 5 31 13
8 Rabbitohs 12 6 0 6 34 12
9 Sea Eagles 12 6 0 6 -44 12
10 Tigers 12 5 0 7 52 10
11 Dragons 12 4 0 8 -22 8
12 Warriors 12 4 0 8 -135 8
13 Cowboys 12 3 0 9 -84 6
14 Titans 12 3 0 9 -173 6
15 Broncos 12 3 0 9 -205 6
16 Bulldogs 12 2 0 10 -122 4
Top Bottom