Daly Cherry-Evans has spoken about his decision to leave Manly for the Titans next season, saying he's had only respect and support from Sea Eagles teammates.
One of the fiercest rivalries in rugby league over the past decade is reunited when the Sea Eagles host the Storm at Brookvale Oval.
Manly second-rower Tom Symonds has admitted defeat in the forwards battle after his side's loss at the hands of the Parramatta Eels on Friday night.
Parramatta's thrashing of Manly in the opening round of the 2015 NRL Telstra Premiership provided plenty of talking points on and off the field.
Manly centre Clint Gutherson seems likely to miss the rest of the season, while Kieran Foran will undergo scans on a hamstring strain.
Daly Cherry-Evans has signed with the Gold Coast Titans on a three year deal
Parramatta have produced the perfect start to the post Jarryd Hayne era, conjuring up a dominant and at time stunning victory over Manly.
A blockbuster clash between two arch rivals, with plenty of extra incentives to win - it is all on the line in Round 1 between the Eels and Sea Eagles.
Eels coach Brad Arthur insists star recruit Anthony Watmough's mind will be on the job when he comes up against his old club Manly this weekend.
Manly CEO Joe Kelly says frustration at Daly Cherry-Evans' failure to meet a deadline to sign a new deal forced him to pull the offer.