Mitchell Pearce: I’m ready to captain Newcastle on my own

Drew Darbyshire

Mitchell Pearce says he would love to have the sole captaincy of Newcastle this year.

The 29-year-old finished his first season with the Knights as a sole captain from round 18 until the end of the season.

Newcastle finished 11th in the table last season, with Pearce missing 10 gains with a torn pectoral muscle, but he is ready to lead again in 2019.

He said: “I definitely want it. I definitely enjoy it and I loved the co-captaincy last year.

“I was captain of the Roosters there for a bit, but I was younger then and I feel at this point of my life, with what we’re really building here at the moment, I’m enjoying that leadership role.

“We’ll see what direction Brownie [Nathan Brown] goes with the leadership stuff. We’ll have meetings of the next few weeks so it all keeps evolving.

“But I’m really enjoying my role here as a leader.”

Knights’ coach Nathan Brown says he has not finalised who he wants as skipper just yet.

He commented: “I’ve still got some combos out there [to look at] and a few decisions to make, so I haven’t spoken to all the required people on what we think might be best.”