Sharks, Manly and Knights eye Rooster

NT News - - SPORT - DEAN RITCHIE

SE­NIOR Sharks play­ers have been tex­ting Mitchell Pearce in a bid to lure the dis­grun­tled Sydney Roost­ers star to Cronulla.

And Manly of­fi­cials have been work­ing fever­ishly be­hind the scenes to give their club the best chance of land­ing the NSW half­back.

Pearce will return from a US hol­i­day as early as Fri­day to ei­ther re­mains a Rooster or seek an im­me­di­ate re­lease fol­low­ing the club’s sign­ing of Cooper Cronk to a two-year, $2 mil­lion move.

It is be­lieved Sharks premier­ship-win­ning play­ers Paul Gallen and Wade Gra­ham have been tex­ting Pearce, pro­vid­ing rea­sons why Cronulla would be an at­trac­tive des­ti­na­tion. The trio are good mates through their days in the NSW State of Ori­gin side.

Even with last week’s sign­ing of Matt Moy­lan, the Sharks say they have enough room in their salary cap to se­cure Pearce. Any de­ci­sion will have to made quickly though given the Roost­ers, Manly and Cronulla will all be back to pre­sea­son train­ing next week.

Pearce, 28, still has two years re­main­ing on his cur­rent con­tract with the Roost­ers, where he has been since 2007.

New­cas­tle are also mon­i­tor­ing the Pearce drama and could lodge the largest of­fer of any suitor.

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