Manly coach Geoff Toovey believes new recruit Nate Myles is already trying to convince Daly Cherry-Evans to stay at the Sea Eagles.
Manly’s three-year deal with Gold Coast captain Myles from 2016 reignited debate over Cherry-Evans’ future.
The Queensland Origin X-factor, who has the same manager as Myles, has insisted that he will honour a four-year Gold Coast deal from 2016.
However, Manly have until round 13 to convince Cherry-Evans to stay – an argument that will gain considerable weight with Queensland teammate and friend Myles on board.
Toovey stoked the fire when he claimed Myles would have got in Cherry-Evans’ ear soon after signing the Sea Eagles deal reportedly worth $1.5 million.
“I have no doubt it is already going on, it would be happening, yeah,” he told Fox Sports’ NRL 360 show.
“It may or it may not (influence Cherry-Evans to stay).
“That’s up to him and I wouldn’t put any pressure on him either way but we are hopeful.”
Broncos assistant Kevin Walters agreed with Toovey’s claim after witnessing the pair bond at Queensland Origin camp.
“He has a good relationship with Daly,” he said of Myles.
“That’s just common sense, that (Myles influencing Cherry-Evans) is going to happen.”
Myles reportedly chose Manly over North Queensland despite strong interest from Penrith.
The Queensland Origin forward had told media that he was resigned to leaving the Titans after they did not activate a one-year option worth around $550,000 six weeks ago.
Gold Coast coach Neil Henry had been keen to retain the veteran of 26 Origins but the stalled contract talks prompted Myles to look elsewhere.
The Sea Eagles bolster their forward depth after the loss of Glenn Stewart, Anthony Watmough and Brent Kite to rival clubs and veteran Jason King’s retirement in recent years.
“It’s great news. We’ve lost a lot of experience in our side over the last few years and he will add to that,” Toovey said.