Pearce signs new Roosters deal

James Gordon

New South Wales halfback Mitchell Pearce has handed the Sydney Roosters a boost ahead of their 2013 NRL campaign by signing a new four-year deal.

Pearce, son of former Blues and Australia great Wayne Pearce, has agreed terms that will see him remain with the Bondi Junction club until the end of 2017.

The 23-year-old has made 130 appearances for the Tricolours since making his debut as a teenager in 2007 and despite showing glimpses of form, he has largely failed to ignite the Roosters backline during the last two seasons.

But Pearce, who has made 9 Origin appearances, wants to make an impression in 2013.

“It’s an honour that I don’t take lightly to represent the Roosters. I couldn’t see myself playing anywhere else and I’m really happy to be contracted here long term,” said Pearce.

“There’s a fantastic team here at the club on and off the field and I’m so proud that I’ll continue to be a part of all this for the next four years.”

Roosters Head Coach, Trent Robinson, added: “Mitchell is a big part of the future of our club. He is a significant member of our leadership group and a genuine person not only I but everyone at the club values both on and off the footy field as well.”