Speculation was rife on Thursday that Cherry-Evans would get the nod with Barrett confirming on Friday afternoon the club’s $10 million man will have the © next to his name in 2017.

The club's newest international, Jake Trbojevic, has been named as vice-captain.

 “Daly has been a standout during our pre-season. He is a natural leader and was an obvious choice for us as our next captain,’’ Barrett said.

“Jake is our vice-captain and being only 22-years-old, the experience he will gain in this role alongside Daly gives us a long two long term leaders who can take this club to where it needs to be.”

At 27, Cherry-Evans has already played 146 games for the Sea Eagles after debuting in the premiership-winning 2011 side. Trbojevic has played 47 games after debuting in 2013.

Cherry-Evans said it was an honour to be named captain of the proud club.

“I really was quite surprised when Trent told me,’’ Cherry-Evans said.

“There was such a large group of players to choose from and I’m really quite chuffed that it’s me that’s going to lead this side into really good days I believe.

“I love this club and I certainly am proud to lead out such a strong group of men and an outstanding football team this year."