The Newcastle Knights have announced the signing of Mitchell Pearce on a four-year deal.
Pearce joins the Knights from the Sydney Roosters, where he played 238 NRL games. The 28-year-old halfback has also played 17 State of Origin matches.
“This is wonderful news for the Club and for all of our Members and supporters,” General Manager Football Darren Mooney said.
“Mitchell is committed to our Club’s rebuild and wants to be here for the long-term.
“He brings experience and leadership, and without doubt he will complement our young squad.”
Coach Nathan Brown added, “Mitch will play an important role with the development of our young halves and will also be influential in the overall growth of our side.
“Mitch has an exceptional kicking game and is a great competitor.
“He has some big game experience and I know he comes here wanting to be a leader.”
Pearce, who will commence pre-season training on Monday, is excited to join the Club.
“I see a group of guys working hard and on the way up and I want to be part of making this team strong again for the town,” Pearce said.
“I am passionate about helping and leading the young players at the Club.
“From the moment I spoke to Nathan (Brown) and Darren (Mooney) about where the Club is heading, I knew this is where I wanted to be.
“I can’t wait to get stuck in and start with the guys on Monday.”
Newcastle Knights 2018 Player Movements
|2018 Gains: Herman Ese'ese (Brisbane Broncos, 2020), Slade Griffin (Melbourne Storm, 2019), Aidan Guerra (Sydney Roosters, 2020), Christian Hazard (2018), Chris Heighington (Cronulla Sharks, 2018), Jack Johns (2018), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (Sydney Roosters, 2019), Jacob Lillyman (New Zealand Warriors, 2018), Tautau Moga (Brisbane Broncos, 2020), Brent Naden (Canberra Raiders, 2018), Mitchell Pearce (Sydney Roosters, 2021), Kalyn Ponga (North Queensland Cowboys, 2021), Connor Watson (Sydney Roosters, 2020)|
|2018 Losses: David Bhana (released), Brendan Elliot (Gold Coast Titans), Jaelen Feeney (released), Dane Gagai (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Jacob Gagan (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Trent Hodkinson (Cronulla Sharks), Rory Kostjasyn (retired), Peter Mata'utia (Leigh Centurions), Sam Mataora (retired), Jarrod Mullen (released), Mickey Paea (Hull FC), Pauli Pauli (Wakefield Trinity), Will Pearsall (released), Tyler Randell (Wakefield Trinity), Josh Starling (retired), Jack Stockwell (Gold Coast Titans), Anthony Tupou (retired), Joe Wardle (Castleford Tigers)|
|Re-Signed: Tyrone Amey (2018), Mitch Barnett (2020), Lachlan Fitzgibbon (2019), Tom Hughes (2018), Jack Johns (2018), Danny Levi (2020), Nick Meaney (2018), Dylan Phythian (2018), Nathan Ross (2020), Daniel Saifiti (2020), Jacob Saifiti (2020), Tom Starling (2018), Sam Stone (2020), Luke Yates (2018)|
|Off Contract 2018: Tyrone Amey, Jamie Buhrer, Cory Denniss, Christian Hazard, Chris Heighington, Zac Hosking, Tom Hughes, Jack Johns, Josh King, Brock Lamb, Jacob Lillyman, Pat Mata'utia, Sione Mata'utia, Nick Meaney, Brent Naden, Dylan Phythian, Ken Sio, Tom Starling, Luke Yates|