Gutted after the Roosters' loss to the Cowboys in the NRL preliminary final on September 23, Mitchell Pearce will be hoping for some joy with the Knights next year.
Gutted after the Roosters' loss to the Cowboys in the NRL preliminary final on September 23, Mitchell Pearce will be hoping for some joy with the Knights next year. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Pearce bound to lift the Knights

MITCHELL Pearce's signing at Newcastle is not just a major victory for the Knights - it's also a huge result for the game.

The NRL needs a competitive football team in the Hunter, and the Knights have the best and strongest supporter base in the game.

They regularly attract bigger crowds than the Sydney clubs despite being wooden-spooners.

Pearce will turn this team into a semi-final outfit.

They have been crying out for a playmaker of his class and experience for years.

Throw in the other new signings, Kalyn Ponga and Aiden Guerra, and this is a side heading for the finals in 2018.

Many pundits are tipping the Knights to be the most improved side in the competition.

Pearce (pictured) should be made captain of the team with complete ownership.

He could potentially become a hometown hero as big as the Johns brothers, Andrew and Matty.

In the end it was money that swayed him towards Newcastle.

He could have taken a lesser challenge and lesser money at the Sharks or Manly.

He's backing himself big time.

Phil Rothfield



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