Mitchell Pearce requests NRL release as Catalans Dragons move looms

Mitchell Pearce in action for Newcastle Knights
Mitchell Pearce in action for Newcastle Knights

Mitchell Pearce is pursuing a move to Super League with Catalans Dragons after requesting a release from NRL side Newcastle Knights.

The 32-year-old half-back has links with a move to the Super League Grand Finalists. Catalans are on the lookout for a new playmaker after James Maloney announced his retirement from professional rugby league.

Pearce’s transfer to the Dragons has now moved closer. The former State of Origin representative has requested a release from the final year of his contract with the Knights.

Knights confirm Mitchell Pearce requests release

“Club officials met with Pearce last night and again today,” a club statement read. “Where the request was outlined and officially lodged.

“The Knights have agreed to consider the request, with both parties respectfully agreeing to make no further comment until an outcome is determined.

“Discussions between Pearce and the club remain productive, with both parties focussed on achieving a positive outcome while maintaining the great relationship that currently exists.

“No specific timeline has been determined on an outcome for the request, with all involved continuing to follow the due process required.”

Mitchell Pearce in action for New South Wales
Pearce has played 19 games for New South Wales

It has been reported by Fox Sports that Catalans have offered Pearce a three-year contract worth $1.5million.

Pearce would no doubt bring a wealth of experience to Catalans. He has made more than 300 appearances in the NRL for Sydney Roosters and the Knights. He won an NRL Premiership and a World Club Challenge whilst with the Roosters.

In addition, the Sydney-born playmaker has represented New South Wales on 19 occasions in State of Origin.

Catalans have yet to make any new signings ahead of the 2022 Super League season. However, Pearce’s signature would be a significant coup for the French club.

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