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Newcastle Knights to ‘consider’ releasing Pearce from final year of contract


Mitchell Pearce is nearing a move to the Super League, with the Newcastle Knights agreeing to “consider” a release from the last 12 months of his contract.

On Wednesday, the Knights confirmed that Pearce had presented the club with an official request to be released, with both parties now expected to iron out the conditions of his exit.

Pearce, 32, has been heavily linked with a move to the Super League club Catalans Dragons.

“The Newcastle Knights can confirm an official request has been received from Mitchell Pearce regarding an immediate release from the final year of his contract,” a Knights statement read.

“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 focused on achieving a positive outcome while maintaining the great relationship that currently exists.”

The Knights said there was “no specific timeline” on agreeing to Pearce’s request.

Pearce — who has played 309 NRL matches for the Sydney Roosters and the Knights — has endured a difficult 12 months in Newcastle.

He stood down from the Knights’ captaincy after the cancellation of his wedding, while he was restricted to just 12 matches in 2021 because of injury.

Pearce joined the Knights ahead of the 2018 season.

He made his NRL debut for the Roosters in 2007 and helped the club win the 2013 premiership.

Pearce has represented New South Wales in 19 State of Origin matches.

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