Answering some of the questions that sacked chief executive Steve Noyce would not, replacement Canavan said re-signing Pearce, who is off contract at the end of next season, was his chief concern.
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“I see him here for his whole career,” Canavan said. “I will do everything in my work capacity to ensure that happens. Mitchell will obviously be a 300-plus game player. He has all the attributes of his dad as a player. He is very, very important to this club.”
The St George Illawarra Dragons are also desperate for a halfback and have their sights on Pearce.