Maroons player Michael Morgan
Maroons player Michael Morgan DAVE HUNT

Walters keeping faith in Morgan for Origin

DALY Cherry-Evans has been on fire for Manly since a sluggish first fortnight and calls for the star halfback to again be considered for an Origin call up are gathering steam.

Throw in Kevin Walters' comments last week about his willingness to "pick Anthony Milford tomorrow" and things are starting to heat up around Michael Morgan's No.14 jersey.

Cherry-Evans was inspirational in the Sea Eagles' season-turning victory against the Cowboys, kicking a 40/20 that turned the game on its head before steering his side to a big upset.

He's gone to strength to strength in the fortnight since, with a whopping five try assists in Manly's thumping of the Bulldogs and another starring performance in the side's thrilling last minute win against the red hot Roosters.

While Walters is pleased to see the six-game Maroon back in form, he made it clear on NRL 360 this week that unless Morgan was unavailable neither DCE or Milford would be considered for his best 17.

"We're very loyal to our players that serve well. Michael Morgan would have to fall over basically, and not be available to be selected, to be fair," Walters said.

"And that includes Anthony Milford as well. (Morgan) brings so much to the team at that level."

Morgan himself has recently admitted he was under pressure to retain his Origin jersey after a sluggish start to the year.

But Walters put any doubts to rest, saying he had faith in the Cowboys five-eighth to get back to his best by focusing on his strengths.


"I read through the paper they've changed the tactics a little bit with the way they're playing and he's had to adjust a little bit to that," Walters said.

"Players like Michael you never, ever want to forget about your strengths as a player.

Too often we try and work on parts of our game that aren't as good and need to be better and that takes away the focus of what you do really well.

What's he do really well, Morgan? He runs the ball, doesn't he - he's hard to handle close to the line - and he did that on the weekend, he changed his game around, just being hard to tackle."

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