Professional Rugby League Footballer Mitchell Pearce is all set to join Newcastle on a four-year, $4 million deal after he walked away from the Roosters.
The 28-year-old football legend quit the Bondi club after securing the services of former Melbourne playmaker Cooper Cronk and as per the report, he will now play for the Knights in 2018.
Newcastle has beaten Manly and Cronulla in the race for Mitchell’s signature. According to The Daily Telegraph, the Knights’ offer is worth $1 million more over the four-year than the Sharks were able to muster.
All the talk about Mitch Pearce and the Knights is spot on. Unless there is a last minute change of mind he will end up there @9NewsSyd
— Danny Weidler (@Danny_Weidler) November 30, 2017
Manly has since released a statement in which coach Trent Barrett declared the club refused to get into a checkbook fight with the Knights.
We put in a very strong offer for Mitchell. We were not going to get in a bidding war with any other Club. Mitchell was honest through the whole process and we wish him all the best.
We move forward with a very, very competitive playing roster for 2018 and onwards. We look forward to the year ahead.
Manly chief executive Lyall Gorman admitted that Manly made a significant effort to lure Pearce to the Peninsula.
On behalf of our members, fans and corporate partners, we made a serious effort to secure Mitchell’s services but there was always a limit to that offer in order to ensure our ability to continue to attract and retain the very best playing group over the years to come,
He further added:
There are a number of very capable and exciting young players coming through our ranks and a major focus is to invest strongly in their development.
Newcastle has earned the past three wooden spoons but it has been active in the market as it bolsters its roster ahead of the 2018 season.