Sport Brett Finch believes Newcastle Knights' Mitchell Pearce is the best halfback in NSW

09:10  17 april  2018
09:10  17 april  2018 Source:   Sporting News

Nathan Brown fears Mitchell Pearce could be out for the 2018 NRL season

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Mitchell Pearce set to join the Newcastle Knights . MITCHELL Pearce has reportedly decided where he will play in 2018 after walking out on the Roosters following Cooper Cronk’s arrival. Trent Hodkinson — the last halfback to steer NSW to an Origin series win in 2014 — currently plays first

Mitchell Pearce . Captain - Halfback . Mitch has some big game experience playing NSW Origin, NRL All Stars and NSW City. He became the youngest ever player in NRL history to play 200 matches in the top grade.

a man standing on a baseball field: Mitchell Pearce of the Newcastle Knights© Tony Feder/Getty Images Mitchell Pearce of the Newcastle Knights

Former NRL star and now media personality Brett Finch believes Mitchell Pearce is the best halfback in NSW and would thrive during State of Origin if selected.

Many names have been chucked around for potential Blues halves pairings, but the incumbent number seven has hardly been mentioned at all.

Pearce has played 18 matches for NSW since 2008, however, the only series Queensland hasn't been victorious in since Pearce's debut was 2014 when then Canterbury Bulldogs halves pairing of Trent Hodkinson and Josh Reynolds ran the show.

The current Newcastle halfback often copped all sorts of criticism for his performances when he wore the Blues jersey, and it is expected that NSW coach Brad Fittler looks elsewhere.

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THE Newcastle Knights are poised to make a serious play for Mitchell Pearce if the NSW Origin halfback wants out of Sydney Roosters. TARGET: Mitchell Pearce . Pearce ’s future has become the centre of speculation after last week’s announcement that former Melbourne No.7 Cooper Cronk

Pearce had been rumoured to be heading to the Sharks before the Knights swooped. Photo credit: Getty. Strugglers Newcastle have achieved a milestone moment in their rebuild after signing NSW State of Origin halfback Mitchell Pearce to a rich four-year NRL deal.

But Finch, who played three matches for the Blues between 2004 and 2006, thinks Pearce would prove the doubters wrong.

"In my opinion, he's (Pearce) still the best halfback in NSW," Finch told reporters on Tuesday.

"I don't want to put any pressure on Pearcey, he's up there doing great stuff in Newcastle.

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“ Mitchell Pearce is the current NSW halfback and he’s an outstanding player,” Brown said. February 27, 2018 GOSSIP COFFEE Comments Off on Newcastle Knights are again everyone’s second-favourite NRL team.

"I'm sure he'd love to play for NSW if he got the opportunity.

"What he's done in Newcastle's been impressive, but there's (also) plenty of good young players coming through.

"Mitchell Moses, Luke Brooks, Luke Keary, Blake Green, there's plenty of options.

"The old fox out at Penrith - Jimmy (Maloney) - he's going pretty good.

"He's a hell of a competitor Mitchell (Pearce). The reason why we lost those games wasn't Mitchell's fault, it was a team effort.

"He's had to cop the brunt of the blame which is extremely unfair, but it's made him a better person.

"Mitchell's main priority is to win the premiership with Newcastle"

Fittler took over from Laurie Daley after the latter spent five years in the role since 2013.

'Freddy' is a NSW legend who played 31 games for the Blues and captained them in 17, which is still the most matches in charge of the Blues ever.

Finch is confident Freddy will get the most out of his squad.

"Freddy looks like he's relaxed, he was my captain for three years, there's no greater competitor," Finch said.

"There's no greater winner, he's won at everything he's set his mind to.

"He's very determined, and he's got a plan here for NSW.

"I think he's going to be fantastic. He's got that fun side to him, but when it's time to train or to play, he expects quality and he expects your best."

Billy Slater accused of milking a penalty which led to Lachlan Fitzgibbon sin-binning .
Social media users have accused Billy Slater of milking a penalty which led to the sin-binning of Newcastle second-rower Lachlan Fitzgibbon. At the 47th minute of the Knights’ clash with the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park on Friday night, Fitzgibbon was first penalised for holding Slater down for too long.Slater then took a quick tap, and Fitzgibbon interfered with the Storm fullback, resulting in referee Gerard Sutton sending him to the sin bin.Twitter then erupted with fans believing that Slater milked the penalty which led to Fitzgibbon being sent for 10.

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