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Next Game: The Season has finished
Cronk wants Pearce to stay at the Roosters
30 Oct 2017
The Sydney Roosters are trying to retain Mitchell Pearce after signing NRL superstar Cooper Cronk to a two-year deal worth around a million dollars a season.

Prized signing Cooper Cronk says his "preferred option" is for disgruntled NRL halfback Mitchell Pearce to remain at the Sydney Roosters.

Ending months of speculation, Cronk said he was delighted to be starting a "new chapter" in his career and life after announcing mid-season he'd leave Melbourne to join his fiancee in Sydney in 2018.

Now Roosters fans are anxiously awaiting the fate of Pearce after coach Trent Robinson met for crisis talks with the incumbent NSW State of Origin No.7 on Monday.

Pearce, who has two years remaining on his contract, is being strongly pursued by Manly and has also been linked to Cronulla and Newcastle.

The 28-year-old reportedly told Robinson last week he wanted to explore other options, but Robinson remains adamant Pearce has a future at the Roosters despite the club now having three representative halves.

With Cronk presumably now atop the No.7 pecking order, Pearce will have to either fight Luke Keary for the five-eighth jumper or come off the bench.

A super-sub role would likely include Pearce needing to place his head in the scrum while filling a cameo role relieving co-captain and dummy-half Jake Friend.

Cronk, though, believes Robinson can make it work and told Pearce as much during "a chat" with his Origin counterpart on Monday.

"It wasn't me about convincing him or preaching or anything like that. Mitchell's been front and centre of the Roosters for a long time," the champion Queensland half said on Fox sports' NRL 360.

"He's got an arsenal of weapons to play in the halves and dominate.

"It's going to be something that we can work together. That's my preferred option; is that everyone stays and buys into the Roosters culture, which I'm going to have to dive straight into and understand as quickly as I possibly can.

"From my point of view, as long as every player's got the ability, can be selfless, work hard and - when it comes down to the crunch - put the team first, then I'm sure what system Trent chooses on a Saturday night or a Friday night or whatever time slot that we play, I'm sure the best team will be out on the paddock."

While Cronk will officially join the Roosters in early 2018 following his World Cup commitments with Australia, Pearce has plenty of options if he indeed wants out of the Roosters.

Manly coach Trent Barrett is a big fan, but the Blues playmaker would also have to jostle with Daly Cherry-Evans for the Sea Eagles' No.7 spot - or play five-eighth.

Cronulla would appear the best fit for Pearce if he leaves the Roosters.

He could reunite in the halves with 2013 grand final-winning teammate James Maloney in a Sharks outfit that would feature half the Blues backline should Pearce join St George Illawarra star Josh Dugan in arriving next season.

Newcastle coach Nathan Brown has also expressed interest in Pearce, having already snapped up the Roosters trio of Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Aidan Guerra and Connor Watson.

Pearce will command around $800,000 a season to leave the Roosters.

Cronk, meanwhile, will be paid a reported $1 million a season after ending his hugely successful 14-year career with the Storm, where he contested seven grand finals and won premierships in 2012 and 2017.

SUPER COOPER - CAREER OF COOPER CRONK

NRL

2004-2017: 323 games for Melbourne including premierships in 2012 and 2017

State of Origin

2010-2017:- 22 games for Queensland including series wins in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017

Internationals

2007-2017 - 34 Tests for Australia

Awards

* Dally M player of the year: 2013 and 2016

* Golden Boot award for best player in the world: 2016

* Clive Churchill Medallist: 2012

* Dally M halfback of the year: 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016.

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Last Game: The Roosters lost against the Canterbury Bulldogs 26 - 32 at Telstra Stadium, Australia (5308 days ago)  game results here
 Sydney City Roosters Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played 26 
 Away Games 26 
    Away Wins 13 
 Home Games
    Home Wins
 Total Tries: 47 
 Total Goals: 42 
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For: 647 
 Total Points Against: 585 
 Leagues the Sydney City Roosters are in
1995 Winfield Cup, 1996 Optus Cup, 1998 NRL Season, 1998 NRL Finals, 1999 NRL Country Carnival, 1999 NRL Season, 1999 NRL Finals, 2000 NRL Season, 2000 NRL Finals, 2001 NRL Pre-Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Finals, 2002 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Finals, 2003 NRL Season,

 Players in 2002
Adrian Morley, Andrew Lomu, Anthony Minichiello, Brad Fittler, Brett Mullins, Bryan Fletcher, Chris Flannery, Craig Fitzgibbon, Craig Wing, Dallas Hood, Eric Grothe, Justin Hodges, Luke Milton, Luke Ricketson, Mark Leafa, Michael Crocker, Paul Green, Ryan Cross, Shannon Hegarty, Simon Bonetti,

 Players in 2001
Albert Talapeau, Anthony Mundine, Craig Field, Dean Widders, Ian Rubin, Jamie Russo, Luke Phillips, Matt Sing, Michael Korkidas, Nathan Tutt, Peter Cusack, Quentin Pongia, Sam Obst, Scott Logan, Todd Byrne, Trent Clayton,

 Players in 2000
Adrian Lam, David Solomona, Jack Elsegood, Julian Bailey, Robert Miles,

 Players in 1999
Andrew Walker, Craig Kimmorley, Ivan Cleary, Nat Wood, Richard Barnett, Shane Rigon,
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Last Results

Friday, 9 May, 2003
Canterbury 32
Sydney City 26


Friday, 2 May, 2003
Sydney City 44
Parramatta 12


Friday, 25 Apr, 2003
St George 24
Sydney City 20


Friday, 18 Apr, 2003
Sydney City 27
Brisbane 20


Saturday, 12 Apr, 2003
Sydney City 32
Cowboys 0


Sunday, 6 Apr, 2003
Sydney City 40
Sharks 20


Sunday, 30 Mar, 2003
Penrith 23
Sydney City 22


Friday, 21 Mar, 2003
Sydney City 14
Newcastle 10


Friday, 14 Mar, 2003
Sydney City 32
Parramatta 14


Saturday, 28 Sep, 2002
Sydney City 16
Brisbane 12


2003 NRL LADDER
Round 10
May 17th - 18th
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Canberra   16 
 2   Brisbane   14 
 3   Warriors   14 
 4   Sydney City   12 
 5   Melbourne   12 
 6   Newcastle   12 
 7   Penrith   12 
 8   Canterbury   10 
 9   St George   10 
 10   Eagles   8 
 11   Cowboys   8 
 12   Sharks   6 
 13   Wests Tigers   6 
 14   Parramatta   4 
 15   South Sydney   2 
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