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Pearce re-signs with Roosters

Mitchell Pearce admits he never had any intention of leaving Sydney Roosters despite speculation linking the NSW halfback away from the NRL club last year.

The 23-year-old signed a new four-year deal with the Roosters on Wednesday and said he was delighted to put an end to speculation linking him with Brisbane and St George Illawarra.

‘‘I love the club, I have always wanted to be a Roosters player and am delighted to sign,’’ Pearce told reporters.

‘‘There had been some talk about me playing elsewhere but, to be honest, nothing too serious. My manager sat down with (Roosters chairman) Nick (Politis) and got things done and I am very happy.’’

Pearce’s re-signing is a huge boost for the Roosters, who’ve not made the finals since reaching the premiership decider in 2010.

Politis has splashed the cash to ensure new coach Trent Robinson has a star-studded roster for 2013 with Sonny Bill Williams, James Maloney and Michael Jennings all joining in the off-season.


The NSW playmaker said the new arrivals gave the club a huge lift ahead of the season opener against South Sydney on March 7.

‘‘Everyone is excited and pretty pumped,’’ he said.

‘‘Robbo is a new, young coach with some new ideas and we’re all buying into them.’’

Pearce’s new contract will keep NSW State of Origin No.7 at the foundation club at least until the end of the 2017 NRL season.