COFFS HARBOUR, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20: Mitchell Pearce poses after a team photograph for the New South Wales Blues State of Origin team at Novotel Coffs Harbour on May 20, 2015 in Coffs Harbour, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Pearce still has Origin career ahead of him: Sterling

Newly appointed NSW advisor Peter Sterling believes Mitchell Pearce still has a State of Origin career ahead of him and predicts the Roosters halfback could even be a captaincy contender if he makes next year’s side.

“I’ve got no doubt he has,” Sterling said. “Mitchell, if he can get everything in order as he needs to do, I think he’s up there with the best halfback in NSW.

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“I would like to he will come into reckoning, no doubt about that. It’s determined by how he starts the season off.

“Certainly Mitchell Pearce will be close to the top of the list when you’re looking at halves but there’s a lot of footy to be played before then.

“To some degree that’s why I’ve been brought in, I watch every player in every game every weekend have see every Origin ever played.

“I’d like to think I could have some good input there as to how we go in the halves and in other areas as well.”

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