24 August 2022

Captain of the Queensland Maroons and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles in the NRL, father of 3, Daly Cherry-Evans is one of the most recognisable figures in rugby league

Since being signed as a prodigious young player from Queensland, Daly’s career has included premierships, Origin victories and proudly representing his country as well as ascending to the captaincy of one rugby league’s most famous clubs.

Daly won the 2011 premiership as a youngster with Manly, won the Clive Churchill Medal as best player in the grand final from the losing team as Manly lost to the Roosters in 2013, and captained the Maroons to glory in rugby league’s fiercest rivalry, the State of Origin, in 2020 and this year.

All up the 33-year-old has played more than 250 games for the Sea Eagles, 15 Tests for the Kangaroos and represented the Maroons on 19 occasions.

With his partner Vessa perhaps his biggest yet most rewarded role is being a devoted dad to three daughters.

“Being a dad to three daughters is amazing,” Daly said smiling. Although times aren’t always perfect, when push to comes to shove I know they would do anything for me and I would do anything for them. It’s unconditional love!”

“My favourite activity with the girls is going to the local corner store and grabbing an ice-cream, I may be an athlete who looks after himself but I have a massive sweet tooth!”


Daly is pretty helpful when he is needed to help out! He is getting pretty good at trying to embarrass his three daughters around the boys but I tell him it might come back to bite him when they get older!


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