Eagles tell Walker to keep on sledging

Dylan Walker had a big say in Manly's NRL round eight win in Canberra. (AAP)

Manly skipper Daly Cherry-Evans is happy for centre Dylan Walker to continue sledging their NRL opposition.

Manly have told Dylan Walker to keep on sledging if that's what it takes to get them deep into September.

Sea Eagles skipper Daly Cherry-Evans has given his blessing to serial niggler Walker to deliver another expletive-ridden spray at Penrith ahead of their NRL elimination final after getting under the Panthers' skin last week.

The Sea Eagles centre heads into Saturday's do-or-die clash with Penrith with a target on his back after delivering a series of fiery verbal barrages during last week's final-round victory.

Walker has been told to expect payback when Manly's season goes on the line in their return clash at Allianz Stadium and is expected to cop plenty from the travelling Panthers fans.

Despite his tirades potentially giving motivation to their opposition, Cherry-Evans said he wouldn't want Walker to change how he goes about his footy.

"I'm happy for Dylan to do whatever it takes to play well and win us a football game," Cherry-Evans said on Thursday at Fox League's finals launch.

Walker has this year earned a reputation as a niggle merchant and one of the game's best sledgers.

After booting the game-winning golden-point conversion against Canberra in round eight, he got in the face of the shattered Raiders players and exclaimed: "Woooo, what do you think of that?"

Asked what sort of reception Walker should expect from the Panthers after sinking their spirits last week, Cherry-Evans said: "Maybe the same one that Canberra gives him.

"Dylan's Dylan. He's not going to change. He's not going to let anything affect him.

"He plays rugby league a bit uniquely but it works for him. I hope they invest a lot of energy into Dylan because we're not a one-man team."

Trent Barrett's side are wary of complacency setting in with the Panthers having all the motivation following their 28-12 loss.

"Whether we need a wake-up call or not, that's not a question I can answer," Cherry-Evans said.

"It does seem to snap people into line and I think whether you win or lose in the last round, it doesn't really matter. You're entering a new competition.

"We need to up the ante, we need to play better."

Source: AAP

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