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Pearce the inevitable casualty of Cronk recruitment

Posted on 21/11 by Joe Gann

Pearce the inevitable casualty of Cronk recruitment
NRL fans up in arms as Cronk signs for the Roosters, and Pearce signs out

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The repercussions of Cooper Cronk's highly publicised move to the Roosters is starting to be felt across the NRL, with Mitchell Pearce confirming his decision to leave the club.

The NSW playmaker had been widely predicted to be the man to make way for the former Storm star, and his refusal to play second fiddle has triggered his departure from the Bondi club.

Pearce’s availability will no doubt pique the interest of several potential suitors across the competition, with the Knights cited as a probable destination. However, Blake Green's announcement that he has signed a three-year contract with the Warriors has prompted rumours that Pearce may make the move to cross-town rivals, the Sea Eagles.

The situation is further convoluted by James Maloney’s situation at the Sharks, who could also be in the market for a halfback should his move to the Panthers be completed as expected. The Cronk acquisition has potentially sparked off a chain reaction of personnel movements across the game, and the ripple effect of the most high-profile capture of the off-season may force the hand of numerous clubs in the coming weeks.

With the halves partnership viewed as the key department of any squad, it is imperative that all new players are integrated with their new teammates as quickly as possible and the race is now on for clubs to finalise their roster in preparation for the new campaign.

As the transfer merry-go-round appears to have begun in earnest, it will be interesting to see how off-field business unfolds in what could be a crucial period for each teams’ success in the upcoming campaign.

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