Kane Elgey’s deal with Manly is the solution to the clubs halves conundrum as he partner with Daly Cherry-Evans to steer Sea Eagles to good old days.
Joining Manly Sea Eagles on a two-year deal is a dream come true for Kane Elgey. The 25-year Queenslander will finally play with Daly Cherry-Evans, a player he holds in high regards. He was signed to partner with Cherry-Evans to solve the club’s halves problem in 2019 NRL Premiership.
The union of the two Queenslanders was to happen in 2016 at Gold Coast Titans when DCE accepted a 4 year deal with Titans. But he back-flipped after Manly Sea Eagles offered him an enticing eight-year deal in 2015. That left Elgey disappointed but hoping he will one day play alongside Cherry-Evans.
Three years later, the two rugby starts seem destined to link in round 1 for the Manly Sea Eagles against the West Tigers at Leichhardt Ovals. Kane Elgey is one of the players to steer the team during this game as he partners with DCE on the pitch. The two will make perfect halves that Manly lacked in the last few seasons. The 2019 NRL round 1 will be the first test for the chemistry two Queenslanders.
But he has a lot of praises for the captain Daly Cherry-Evans. During an interview with NRL.com, Elgey said that DCE has a powerful ball control. That is one thing he expects to learn from the Manly captain. He also believes that DCE has got a lot of experience which will help him to improve his game. “He‘s got a lot of experience now so training with him is going to make my games improve that extra 20%”. In addition, the excited Elgey told that he also want to watch and learn his kick game.
Being a newcomer in the team, Elgey said that he has too much respect for the other five-eighths at Manly some who have been around for years, like Trent Hodkinson and Lachlan Croker. But he is also expecting to be in good shape to cement a slot in the starting side. That is because he has not been having good seasons since 2016 January when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament. The injury kept him out of the entire 2016.
Although he made a return to the NRL in 2017 following his knee reconstruction, things didn’t go well for him in 2018. He played just a mere 11 first-grade games, spending most of the season in the Intrust Super Cup. During the interview with the RNL.com, Elgey said that his poor performance is because he couldn’t find consistency in the game. “….I just couldn’t find consistency – that’s the biggest thing.”
“I’m hoping with the new start here (Manly) that will well and truly come. I was with the Gold Coast for 10 years, so I’ve had my whole footballing life there. A new start could be very good for me.”
Kane Elgey is hoping a new fresh start at Manly. After 10 years at Titans Gold Coast, he’s hopeful that his time at Manly will be an exciting experience. Although Trent Barrett signed him, he will be coached by Des Hasler, the new coach of the Sea Eagles. But these changes would not affect him since he knew the assistant coach, John Cartwright, really well from Titans.
But he’s excited to be under the new coach Des, the ‘Mad Scientist.’ “He (Des) loves a lot of videos. But personally, that’s been helping me and also helping the team a lot.” Des Hasler’s record speaks for itself both at Manly and Bulldogs.
Elgey is looking forward for the round eleven when Manly host the Titan at Lottoland. “That would be pretty exciting game be a part of.” However, he said that he needs to better his defence, and he’s positive that structures at Manly will help him. He finished 2018 with a tackle efficiency rate of 75.8. He must improve during the pre-season to start 2019 NRL Premiership round one.
“I’m working hard on my defence, and with the structures in place at Manly, I think that will help me,” He told RNL.com. We expect to see a more vibrant Kane Elgey this season at Manly.