The NRL wants Manly to waive a confidentiality clause in the contract of Tim Cleary in order to interview the former Sea Eagles chief executive as part of its salary cap investigation into the club.
Despite promises to 'cooperate fully' with NRL investigators, Manly are refusing to hand over laptops.
Daly Cherry-Evans took the extraordinary step of urging Manly's top brass to front the media to hose down speculation over the salary cap probe into the club - rather than expose its players - as the skipper resolved not to let unwanted headlines shake the finals-bound surprise packets.
Investigators from the Integrity Unit of the National Rugby League have visited the team's Narrabeen offices.
The NRL has offered immunity to Manly officials in exchange for information that could be used as evidence against the club.
The NRL's integrity unit is this week set to begin a probe into claims of secret payments that have emerged during a police investigation.
The NSW front-rower played all 80 minutes at Lottoland on Sunday, four days after the Blues were blown away in Brisbane.
Manly have come from behind to see off Wests Tigers at Lottoland in a victory that keeps the Sea Eagles entrenched in the NRL top four.
Daly Cherry-Evans was as calm, clever and calculated as ever but a careless display from Manly in a loss to Penrith let the Maroons selectors off the hook
The Rugby League Players' Association is holding out against the NRL's bid to seize players' phone and bank records, limiting its ability to investigate integrity matters such as those involving Manly.
The NRL brokered a groundbreaking Memorandum of Understanding with NSW Police just weeks before the latest revelations players from several clubs have received top-up payments outside the salary cap.
He was bought to be Trent Barrett's eyes and ears on the field and Blake Green wants to follow the Coach of the Year favourite onto the Sea Eagles' staff when he hangs up the boots.
The Rugby League Players' Association is pushing for the abolition of third-party agreements amid allegations Manly rorted the controversial system to illegally pay players outside of the salary cap.
Daly Cherry-Evans has claimed he would have had no problem wearing the No.6 jersey for Queensland after being controversially overlooked for the State of Origin decider.
Just how did Daly Cherry-Evans find himself snubbed for State of Origin III? It's a question that wasn't just asked around Queensland on Monday but at Manly.
Max Delmege, the property developer who saved the Manly Sea Eagles from financial extinction, is set to become a father again, of twins, at the age of 72.
Manly have overcome an early 16-point deficit and held on to a tense four point lead to beat the Warriors 26-22 in Perth and move to third on the NRL ladder.
Manly's NRL premiership stocks have suffered a blow with improved second-rower Curtis Sironen expected to miss at least eight weeks with a pectoral injury.
If Daly Cherry-Evans isn't selected for Queensland for the Origin decider, it will have less to do with his football and more to do with his personality.
Manly's million-dollar man reminded Queensland coach Kevin Walters it's never too late for an 11th-hour backflip.