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Catalans sign NRL stalwart Pearce

Mitchell Pearce worked under Catalans coach Steve McNamara while at Sydney Roosters; the 32-year-old has played over 300 NRL games and made 19 State of Origin appearances; Pearce replaces James Maloney, who retired at the end of the 2021 Super League season

Last Updated: 15/11/21 9:17am

    Mitchell Pearce is targeting a Super League title with Catalans

    Mitchell Pearce is targeting a Super League title with Catalans

    Catalans Dragons have confirmed the signing of Australian playmaker Mitchell Pearce.

    The 32-year-old half-back has signed a two-year deal, with the option of a third, and is a straight replacement for fellow countryman James Maloney, who retired at the end of the 2021 season.

    Newcastle Knights say they agreed to Pearce’s request for a release from the final year of his contract to enable him to join the 2021 Super League Grand Finalists with immediate effect.

    Pearce, who played under Catalans coach Steve McNamara at Sydney Roosters, made 19 State of Origin appearances for New South Wales and joined the NRL’s ‘300 club’ earlier this year after playing his 15th season in the competition.

    Catalans suffered a 12-10 defeat against St Helens in the 2021 Super League Grand Final

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    Catalans suffered a 12-10 defeat against St Helens in the 2021 Super League Grand Final

    Catalans suffered a 12-10 defeat against St Helens in the 2021 Super League Grand Final

    McNamara said: “We are delighted and excited by the signing of Mitchell.

    “He has had an incredible career in the NRL and, having worked closely with him before, I know the sheer quality and energy he will bring to our team.”

    Pearce said: “I am thrilled to have an opportunity to play for a proud rugby league team like Catalans.

    “They have some of the most passionate fans in the sport and it is an honour to be able to represent them.

    “I would like to thank (president) Bernard Guasch and Steve McNamara and look forward to helping them achieve their goal of a Super League Premiership.”