Cherry-Evans declares he will be fit for Origin I in boost for Maroons


The meticulous approach to his recovery probably explains why he has barely missed a game since he debuted back in 2011 for the Sea Eagles.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters now has the luxury of shifting Michael Morgan back out to the centres.

My youngest is 18 months but she doesn’t understand and wants to jump on me.

Daly Cherry-Evans

Speaking before Manly hosted Canterbury at Lottoland, Cherry-Evans said: “I’ll be ready for game one for Queensland.

“While the big question seems to be if I’ll get back for Queensland, I want to get back for Manly first and foremost.

“Every time I’m not on the field, I feel as though I’m being useless.

“Round 11 is the optimistic timeline I’ve given myself, which is against the Titans at Brookie.

“That’s not set in stone. And if I don’t play in that game, I’ll be hoping and wishing Queensland still pick me regardless of not playing in that game.

“Based on the timeline of recovery, I’ll be confident heading into camp not under an injury cloud, and I’d be able to train with the team every session.

“I wouldn’t put them – or Manly – in the position where they’d be carrying me.

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“What is favourable for me at the moment is there is still a long time to go.”

Manly’s clash against the Gold Coast is on a Friday night, meaning there is a further 12 days until the Origin opener.

As for the Blues likelihood to run plenty of traffic at him, especially if he will not have played in a month, Cherry-Evans said: “That’s fine by me because we all know in a game of rugby league, if you try to attack one person, you leave 12 other players very fresh.”

Just who played in the halves for NSW was one question Cherry-Evans was happy to pass on as he continued his recovery.

“The first couple of days have been Groundhog Day, but they are also the most important. There has been a lot of icing and elevation,” Cherry-Evans said.

“I’ve actually moved into the spare room at the in-laws around the corner here in Freshwater.

“I’m purely focused on getting my ankle right, and unfortunately that means sacrificing time with my three kids.

“My youngest is 18 months but she doesn’t understand and wants to jump on me.

“This week has been about rest and giving it time to heal. Next week I’ll look to start building strength around the ankle and some mobility.”

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Meanwhile, Cherry-Evans would  be the biggest beneficiary if Clint Gutherson returned home and played five-eighth next year at Manly.

A Sea Eagles team built around DCE, Gutherson, the Trbojevic brothers, Marty Taupau and Addin Fonua-Blake could easily push for a title in the next three seasons.

Several Sea Eagles have reached out to Gutherson who holds out for a four-year deal with Parramatta.

“I don’t know what Clint is doing, but I know he deserves everything he gets because he’s such a good person and a great footy player,” Cherry-Evans said.

Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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