100% agree with this.I think ya'll are potentially just reading too much into it. It's pretty much the standard line that every club rolls out when there's stuff going on behind the scenes. Deny, deny, deny - oops they're gone now. What is said to the media vs what is going on behind the scenes can be - and often are - worlds apart.
The nib Newcastle Knights can confirm an official request has been received from Mitchell Pearce regarding an immediate release from the final year of his contract.
Club officials met with Pearce last night and again today, where the request was outlined and officially lodged.
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 focussed on achieving a positive outcome while maintaining the great relationship that currently exists.
No specific timeline has been determined on an outcome for the request, with all involved continuing to follow the due process required.
I'd be surprised if it went on for a week longer.
He'll get his release but at what cost to the Catalans. We'll obviously try and milk the transfer fee for everything we can.
Agreed.they have zero incentive to give us much if anything. Player wants to go, we want to do right by him, and we don’t want him to stay if he wants to go.
they will throw 50-100k our way so we claim the moral victory.
best of luck Pearcey better to go early than late.
next year for us suddenly looks a bit fraught.
Although I don't buy that we'll be too worse off next year. This year did show what Pearce means to the team but you could easily argue that his playing ability was not up to par and we won't lose much there if others step up and we get a decent replacement. Even in Clune I'd have confidence he will put the ball in the right place at the right time.
Pearce brought excitement and hope back to the club after many, many, many lean years so I'll always be grateful for that. Wish him all the best but I do think this is in everyone's best interest moving forward.
Short term no question this hurts our ceiling for 2022. Pearce is probably worth a couple of ladder spot IMO so now we'll likely be in the 8th-10th range whereas if things went our way next season with injuries etc we could have pushed for 5th or 6th.
Long term it might help in terms of speeding up the process towards a more permanent halves solution, whether that be Ponga or someone else. Throw in Joey who can coach up the halves and it might be a blessing in disguise.
AOB is playing the company line in case the Catalans deal all falls over. Reading any more into that is pretty gullible.If Hooper is any way correct, then there is disconnect between AOB and the board and that is only going to end one way. Maybe Gardner is getting restless. Sounds like Obi wants to keep Pearce but has been a little blindsided.
Quote is from Norman's manager saying something along the lines of "we have had discussions with knights"...... I take this as the manager has emailed or called knights once or twice saying "cmon guys, plz?"...... Surely Mckinnon and Zammit arnt dumb enough to actually respondRival ready to pounce on star as Eels come up short; Titans’ $3.3m power move: Transfer Whisperswww.foxsports.com.au