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Professional Rugby League Footballer Mitchell Pearce Is All Set to Join The Newcastle Knights

Updated On 29 Nov, 2017 Published On

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.

Manly has since released a statement in which coach Trent Barrett declared the club refused to get into a checkbook fight with the Knights.

Trent said:

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.

Lyall said:

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.