Cherry-Evans ready to captain Maroons


The 30-year-old would now likely be one of the favourites to be Kevin Walters’ captain, with Michael Morgan the only other near-certain selection who skippers his club.

After more than three years in charge of Manly and clearly the in-form contender for Queensland’s No.7 jersey, Cherry-Evans said he would feel at home as his state’s new skipper if required.

“If that is the position I am put in when it comes to Origin, I am more than capable with that role,” Cherry-Evans told AAP.

“I’m continuing to grow as a leader at Manly and I’m certainly not a polished leader, so to speak. But if put in that position I would be more than comfortable with that role.

“I have absolutely loved the responsibility that comes with the territory of being skipper of a first-grade side.

“I have to make that rep side first but if that comes with it, then I’m more than comfortable with that role.”

Cherry-Evans’ confidence and readiness to take up the role if Inglis is unavailable marks a significant change in the the 30-year-old.

Made Manly captain in 2016 by then-new coach Trent Barrett, the 200-game NRL player has now admitted he didn’t believe he was the best fit at the time — instead thinking Jake Trbojevic should have been captain.

However, he has since ridden the rollercoaster at Brookvale, becoming the clear leader on and off the field at the club.

“I didn’t think I was going to be captain or that I would be up for it. But when Baz put that faith in me it really took my game to another level,” Cherry-Evans said.

“To be honest I’ve got so much respect for Jake and what this club means to him. He’s just a great teammate, I love playing with Jake. I made no secret about that.

“I thought he did a fantastic job filling in for skipper for Jamie Lyon when he was out (in 2015).

“But again I’m very thankful for the opportunity that Trent gave to me in my career and the opportunity he has given for me to captain this great club.”

AAP

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