Fox Sports’ James Hooper believes the move that would reunite the two former Roosters is still on the cards as the Sharks look to secure a veteran halfback to pair with the incoming Nicho Hynes from next year.
While Pearce is currently contracted to the Knights for 2022 and has denied talks with Fitzgibbon following reports last month of a shock move, Hooper believes there is no ruling out the switch.
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Speaking on NRL 360, Hooper stated that the report continues to float on the surface of the rumour mill.
“We spoke about it a couple of weeks ago, and absolutely it won’t go away,” he said.
“He’s contracted with Newcastle for next year, he will be back on the field soon from that injury… but there is definitely conversations going on in the background.”
Paul Kent questioned the situation surrounding Pearce’s latest deal with the Knights that was signed earlier this season and will see the 32-year-old take a pay-cut in 2022.
“You’ve got to remember he wanted two years and (Newcastle) only gave him one, and it came at a cut rate (salary),” Kent said.
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“So it’s not like they were walking over broken bottles to try and get to him.”
Pearce and Fitzgibbon played together at Bondi before Fitzgibbon moved into the Chooks’ coaches box alongside Trent Robinson, with Pearce and the lethal coaching partnership all playing a major role in the club’s 2013 premiership success.