SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 08: Mitchell Pearce of the Roosters passes during the NRL Qualifying Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the Brisbane Broncos at Allianz Stadium on September 8, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Storm emerge as shock contenders for Mitchell Pearce

Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith has contacted Mitchell Pearce in an attempt to lure the origin play-maker to the club.

Manly and Cronulla power-brokers met with the 28-year old on Thursday, with Newcastle prepared for negotiations on Friday.

The Storm have sensationally emerged as genuine contenders to secure his services, in a phenomenal plot twist, after Cooper Cronk ultimately forced Pearce out of Bondi.

Smith convincingly discussed Melbourne’s culture – the opportunity to join some of the world’s best players – and the chance to go back-to-back with a Blues halfback in the side.

An escape to Melbourne would also ensure the eradication of his constant scrutiny in Sydney.

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“We’d be crazy not to look at the situation where we could get Mitchell Pearce for next year,” Smith told reporters from Kangaroos camp on Thursday.

“If he was keen to come to Melbourne I’d certainly say, ‘We’d love to have you’.”

If Pearce was to join Melbourne, he’d have to take a massive pay-cut. After re-signing Billy Slater and their illusive Fijian wingers, the Storm barely have enough room in their salary cap to spare.

However, the opportunity to play alongsideย Smith, Slater, Cameron Munster, Jesse Bromwich, Felise Kaufusi, Nelson Asofa-Solomona – and coached by Craig Bellamy – could prove all too appealing for the off-contract no.7.

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23 COMMENTS

  1. This would be the best option i reckon, he would learn more there than what Cronk would have taught him, and gives him the best chance to take Easts out as well.

    • Newcastle are offering him well over 1 million dollars, why would he go to Melbourne and get smashed around like the rest of them will be next season. No team has won back to back for 25yrs and that trend is set to continue. Everyone knows how every team lifts their game every week, for 24 weeks to test them selves against the premiers. By season end the defending premiers are bash battered and bruised so much they are all out of puff come the semis. Why would Pearce want to get all belted up every week on half the money he could earn elsewhere because of the of the deeds of the players from the previous season. He knows what its like when the Roosters won in 2013. On that note I will say that the race for Pearce is only between Manly and Newcastle.

    • Thanks for the quote old mate. I know you are such a fan of Smith. I expect to get some mileage out of this in 2018. Bahahahahahahaha

      MW47 November 24, 2017 at 12:14 pm
      Thanks cam your a legend

      • Stop giving other people quotes to use agsinst you. You ARE a glutton for punishment aren’t you. You know the old joke about the sadist and the masochist… so I WON’T! ๐Ÿ˜‚

  2. Ignore him, you don’t need to know how to kick someone on the face or tackle people with your boots… come to manly and complete the best halves pair with Dce

  3. Would dig to get him at Melbourne they would look like this In 2018
    1 Slater
    2 Vunivalu
    3 Chambers
    4 Scott
    5 Addo-Carr
    6 Munster
    7 Pearce
    8 Bromwich
    9 Smith
    10 Kasiano
    11 Kaufusi
    12 Hoffman
    13 Finucane

    14 K Bromwich
    15 Asofa-Solomona
    16 Glasby
    17 Leuluai

    players that are really close Stimson, Welch,
    Kamikamica, P Kaufusi. Backs Blair, Olam Tonumaipea Tatupu, harves Croft, Hughes Hooker Smith

    • Time the NRL checks up on Melbourne’s salary cap. With that line up they have a second book of contracts running again. How on Earth can any team have 12 international rep players

      • Bahahahahahaha that’s rich coming from a Roosters fan! ๐Ÿ˜‚

        Foghorn Leghorn, you’ve done it again. Bravo! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  4. 2019 lineup
    1 Munster
    2 Vunivalu
    3 Chambers
    4 Scott
    5 Addo-Carr
    6 Pearce
    7 Croft
    8 Bromwich
    9 Smith
    10 Kasiano
    11 Kaufusi
    12 Stimson
    13 Finucane

    14 Bromwich
    15 Asofa-Solomona
    16 Leuluai
    17 Kamikamica

    • A 2019 team line up? I know there are many that love a good team list but don’t you think you are getting a little ahead of yourself stormitup?

    • It is a team list for 2019 WoodChook. Slater will be gone after 2018.

      Also stormitup I thought Jerome Hughes looked good at FB and Munster is a must at 5/8 surely?

  5. The Storm could have a bit of cash available in 2019 – could offer Pearce a contract – but I can’t see it. He’s getting past his best – don’t think he has much improvement left in him. He’ll go to Manly.

  6. I would love to see Croft at 7 and Hughes at 6. But Bellyache likes to have dominated Half, with lots of experience to steer the team around. I thatโ€™s why I think they will have a crack at Pearce I think a lot of people donโ€™t look to far ahead, because it a long time to look for thing to go wrong, but I think you can see Melbourne do that in there Squad. They have locked up nearly all of there young talents that are coming through. Except probably the best one Curtis Scott. Thatโ€™s why I like looking who can be in there lineups for a year or to a head to see if my team is in good hands. Which they are As for the salary cap ๐Ÿ’ฉagin WoodChook mate come on. We Lost Cronk, Harris, McLean, Myles, Britt, Griffin and 7 more fringe players and picked up Kasiano and Hoffman with wouldnโ€™t be on much coin for his last year. An 8 juniors. Plus the salary cap went up ๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ˜‚

    • Croft looks good at HB. Munster is a MUST at 5/8 (the Storm need a player of his calibre under pressure to control the team which can’t be done effectively from the custodian postion). Hughes looked very good at FB (I would be happy to have him at Souths but you know my first pick would always be Muster ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and Brandon Smith looks promising at hooker (WHEN Cam Smith reties) so the future looks good IF the Storm can be patient as they were with the other Smith, Cronk and Slater.

      If Pearce goes to the Storm he will probably play at HB with Munster at 5/8 and Hughes at FB. IMO Munster and Pearce would make a better combination which would mean that Croft would have to be used off the bench as a utility interchange or bide his time in lower grades. As with Nathan Cleary and Ash Taylor though, if he is ready now it will do him no favours not giving him an opportunity now.

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