SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 31: Mitchell Pearce of the Roosters kicks during the round five NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the Manly Sea Eagles at Allianz Stadium on March 31, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

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.”

Knights 2023 Player Movements

2023 Gains
Adam Elliott (Canberra Raiders, 2025), Jack Hetherington (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 2025)
2023 Losses
Mitch Barnett (New Zealand Warriors), Edrick Lee (The Dolphins), Jirah Momoisea (Parramatta Eels)
Mat Croker (2024), Kalyn Ponga (2027), Simi Sasagi (2024)
Off Contract 2022
Phoenix Crossland, Tex Hoy, Anthony Milford, Brayden Musgrove, Pasami Saulo, Sauaso Sue

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