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Daly Cherry-Evans and Tom Trbojevic named Dally M Finalists

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles stars Daly Cherry-Evans and Tom Trbojevic have tonight been named finalists for the prestigious Dally M Medal.

Cherry-Evans and Trbojevic were revealed as finalists as part of the first installment of the Dally M Medal awards tonight alongside Nathan Cleary (Penrith), Cody Walker (South Sydney) and James Tedesco (Sydney Roosters). 

The Dally M Medal winner will be announced at a gala ceremony in Brisbane next Monday night.

Both players have enjoyed superb seasons for Manly and have played a major role in getting the Sea Eagles to this Friday night’s Preliminary Final against South Sydney at Suncorp Stadium.

Cherry-Evans has again proven to be a wonderful captain with his leadership skills and experience proving invaluable to some of the younger players in the team.

A big game player with a lethal kicking game, Cherry-Evans has scored nine tries and has produced 27 try assists and 19 line breaks from his 24 games this season. He can also land a match winning field goal.

The return of experienced five-eighth Kieran Foran has also seen the pair re-kindled their 2011 premiership winning partnership.

As for Trbojevic, the brilliant full-back has taken all before him in an incredible season for the Sea Eagles.

The 'hot' favourite to take out the Dally M Medal, Trbojevic has scored 27 tries in 17 games in an unbelievable season after missing the opening four matches through injury. He has also crossed for five hat-tricks.

Trbojevic has made a staggering 117 tackle breaks, 33 line breaks, and produced 28 try assists.

His 27 tries have also seen him join Phil Blake for most tries in a season for Manly.

Manly have also become the first team to have three players score at least 20 tries this season in Trbojevic (27), Jason Saab (26) and Reuben Garrick (21).

The last time a Manly player has won the Dally M Medal was Matt Orford in 2008 following Cliff Lyons' wins in 1990 and 1994.