Daly Cherry-Evans said he had spoken with Des Hasler to address his contract situation amid rampant speculation.

Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans said he spoke with coach Des Hasler this morning to address rampant speculation linking him to other clubs, revealing that the rumours had been “put to bed”.

“Internally, I’m feeling a lot better about where things are at. Steve [club CEO Stephen Humphreys] and Des have publicly made a few comments today, which is nice,” he told reporters.

Cherry-Evans’ comments followed an admission yesterday that he feared getting “the tap” from the club, with his name linked to the Bulldogs, Broncos and Rabbitohs recently.

The 32-year-old’s departure before his current contract expires at the end of the 2023 season would free up north of a million dollars-a-season in the Sea Eagles’ salary cap, with that carrot fuelling the speculation.

However, Cherry-Evans said he’d been assured he wasn’t being shopped around.

“Any uncertainty is quickly going away, that’s for sure,” the Sea Eagles captain told reporters.

“It’s nice to have those conversations with those people – weird couple of weeks though, didn’t see that coming.”

The 2011 premiership winner praised his “great relationship” with his coach and said their conversation had mainly been one of reassurances.

“We work well together, I’m still learning off him and he’s still teaching me a fair bit,” Cherry-Evans said.

“We’re hopeful we can still continue to work together, that’s for sure.”

After a dreadful start to the year, Manly have now won three of their last four games, with Cherry-Evans pleased at the progression of the team after that first month.

His eight-year, $10 million contract ends at the end of 2023 – and he said he’s not concerned about contract extension talks.

“I’ve still got so long to go on my contract, so I’m personally not too worried about re-signing. If that came up, no doubt about it, I’d love to do it,” he said.

While the Origin rep wasn’t panicking about re-signing, he did acknowledge that any player, regardless of how secure their situation might seem, should be constantly monitoring their own contract situation.

“Generally speaking, it’s very very easy for contracts to be void from the player’s perspective and the club’s perspective. Even though I had two and a half years to run, that’s why I still felt a little unsure,” he said.

“Things can change so quickly in this game.”

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