Manly don't need proven NRL No.6: Menzies

Dec 20, 2017 - 9:51 PM Manly star Daly Cherry-Evans can still thrive with an untried halves partner if the NRL club's recruiting efforts are hamstrung by salary cap woes, Steve Menzies says.

Halfback Cherry-Evans' best years have been alongside Kieran Foran and Blake Green but he was less successful in 2016 when partnered with makeshift five-eighth Dylan Walker.

After Green's departure to the Warriors at the end of the season, the Sea Eagles' bid to enter the player market has been clouded by NRL claims they breached the salary cap.

Injury-plagued Newcastle veteran Trent Hodkinson and former NRL bad boy Todd Carney have been linked to the Sea Eagles.

But club legend Menzies said experience isn't what should count when coach Trent Barrett chooses his No.6.

"I don't think it's about being well-established. I think it's someone who likes to control play," Menzies told AAP.

"I think that lets Daly play his game, coming in and out when he needs to.

"I think he's one of the best players in the world. The half who comes in doesn't need to have been there for 10 years, he just needs to be a player who likes to organise, likes to run it.

"Trent knows that. He knows what he needs."

Speaking at the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic, Menzies said the club can look internally for an option, with fringe player Jackson Hastings the only specialist five-eighth in the senior squad.

"They've got some good young kids there. There's a couple of options they have," Menzies said.

"For many a great player, that's the way they've got their chance, not necessarily by being purchased from another club."

Source: AAP

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