Brothers are going places
By ADAM WRATTEN
TALENTED Seagulls halfback Daniel Evans has three of the game's big stars - Wests' Scott Prince, Parramatta's Tim Smith and Manly's incoming playmaker Matt Orford - in his sights.
Daniel, 21, is set to trial with all three clubs during the off- season.
A key figure in Seagulls' march to the Northern Rivers minor premiership this season, he couldn't have chosen three tougher clubs to try and break into.
Ironically, his brother Dane - who plays halfback with Seagulls' under-18 team - will also trial with Manly later this month as he tries to gain a spot in next year's Sea Eagles' Jersey Flegg side.
Dane was invited to trial with Manly after a scout spotted him while he was playing in Grafton earlier this year.
Seagulls A-grade coach Troy McCarthy had big wraps on both players yesterday.
He said they had the game to make it at the top level.
"Daniel's a strong defender with a good kicking game who takes the right option nearly 100 per cent of the time," McCarthy said.
"Dane's of a similar mould. He's a good organiser with plenty of speed."
Daniel was meant to trial with Wests and Parramatta last year, but was told by the clubs to get another year of Queensland Cup football under his belt.
At that time he was Tweed's incumbent halfback, but the impressive form of Tim Maccan this season has meant Daniel spending most of the year confined to the club's Northern Rivers side.
But he believes he's at the perfect age now to make his move.
"I just want to get down there and play footy," Daniel said.
"At this stage, I'm waiting for the dates of when the trials will be.
"They are invitational trials and I can't wait."
And if things don't work out, he hasn't ruled out the possibility of heading overseas.
"I wouldn't mind going to England or France," Daniel said.
"I know a couple of people with connections over there."