Free agent Mitchell Pearce already linked to Roosters

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    Following his contract release, Mitchell Pearce has already been linked with a move to the Sydney Roosters.

    Reputable media outlets claim the club could offer the free agent a deal using salary cap room left by his own departure.

    This baselessly speculated link places Pearce alongside the Roosters’ other unsubstantiated targets in Angus Crichton, Jarryd Hayne and an abandoned shopping trolley.

    Many were initially stunned at the amount of time the Tricolours remained detached from someone unsigned, with a fabricated tether not manufactured by the press for almost 12 hours.

    Pearce entered the open market on Monday after being driven out of his former side by love, sending the trading scene into meltdown.

    Insiders believe the Roosters’ frisky recruiters discovered the Origin rep during one of their routine trawls of Gumtree for anything that isn’t Tony Williams.

    Newcastle, Cronulla and Manly were originally reported as the frontrunners for his signature, but all dropped out of the race after failing to compete with the Bondi club’s high offer of unnamed sources.

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    Officials have publicly refuted their interest in Pearce, despite the story being in the papers. Somewhat suspiciously, they also refused to deny that Pearce had been in talks with the club as early as a month ago.

    Further escalating the rumours, the halfback was seen frequenting the eastern suburbs at regular intervals over the last decade, even at one stage acquiring real estate in the area.

    Media insiders believe that as a footballer out of contract, Pearce is a perfect fit for the Roosters.

    Additionally, he could also be the answer to Trent Robinson’s halves crisis, with stocks almost dwindling to double figures.

    Pearce could be lured by the prospect of playing alongside club stalwart Cooper Cronk, plus the opportunity to benefit from an elite culture built on a rich history of preliminary finals qualification.

    While negotiating a new deal with a player they’ve just released could prove tricky, it is believed the Roosters have the funds available to pay themselves a transfer fee.

    In response to the latest rumours, officials will conduct daily press conferences to deny their latest fabricated pursuit, effective the next occasioning of ‘personal issues’.

    These will be held on the front steps of the club, where they usually swat away suitors with a broomstick.

    Dane Eldridge
    Dane Eldridge

    Dane was named best and fairest in the 2004 Bathurst mixed indoor cricket competition. With nothing in the game left to achieve, he immediately retired at his peak to a reclusive life ensconced in the velvet of organised contests. Catch the man on Twitter @eld2_0.